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Kaplan MCAT qbank

Discussion in 'Kaplan MCAT Forum (Sponsored)' started by Monkeymaniac, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Monkeymaniac

    Monkeymaniac Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Having exhausted most of practice materials, I am thinking about enrolling in Kaplan online course and also buying MCAT qbank.

    How many questions do we get access to with Kaplan qbank?
    Do the questions cover all 5 subject areas including verbal?
    Also, are the qbank questions different from practice questions provided with the full online course? Thanks in advance!
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  2. apumic

    apumic Oracle of the Sheet 7+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Kap VR is crap. Go elsewhere if that's your main need for practice.
  3. LaurenMCAT

    LaurenMCAT Elite Kaplan Instructor

    Nov 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hi again, Monkeymanic :hello:

    I briefly answered this question in another thread you started, but here's a more thorough reply...for everyone's benefit!

    In regards to the Kaplan Q-Bank (, the questions are different from what you would see otherwise in all your other materials.

    And, yes, these questions cover ALL 5 topics: physics, gen chem, o chem, bio, and verbal reasoning. Both discrete questions and passage-based questions are available. (Obviously, VR has passage-based questions only!)

    The cool thing about the Q-bank is that YOU decide what topic you want to be tested on, how long or short the quiz should be, whether or not to include passages, and if you want to have a timer ;) For example, I had a tutoring student who really needed to review JUST the humanities passages in Verbal Reasoning and we only wanted to cover one or two passages together, so we made an untimed Humanities VR quiz (you can actually save them under whatever name you want) with 2 passages and 15 questions.

    The ability to customize your testing options like that is pretty cool and time-effective. If you DO choose to use the Q-bank, I recommend focusing on the weak areas of yours that are likely to show up on the MCAT (like humanities passages in VR!!!! hahaha).

    Hope this helps :)
  4. stevo111

    stevo111 7+ Year Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    The qbank is good for its customization features. I loved just going through 30-50 questions on random subject and figuring out what I did wrong and strengthening my weaker and middle-range subjects. However, I did find some typos here and there which made things hard to work with while I was studying. Hopefully Kaplan fixed these by now, but watch out if anything like that comes up. The same goes for the "subject" and "topical" tests, although those tended to be a bit tougher than the qbank quizzes.

    Don't rely on it for verbal tho. Id go with EK 101 if you haven't looked at that yet.

    good luck.
  5. WhiteWashed

    WhiteWashed 7+ Year Member

    Mar 26, 2008

    looking into this...any promos coming up...200 is STEEP! :)
  6. LaurenMCAT

    LaurenMCAT Elite Kaplan Instructor

    Nov 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  7. LaurenMCAT

    LaurenMCAT Elite Kaplan Instructor

    Nov 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    As I just posted elsewhere:

    ALL Kaplan prep-courses come with Q Bank. YAY! :highfive:
  8. 10Sdoc

    10Sdoc 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2011
  9. LaurenMCAT

    LaurenMCAT Elite Kaplan Instructor

    Nov 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  10. qiyjia

    qiyjia 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Sorry to bump this... When should I order the QBank if I plan on taking the MCAT in late-August? Should I order it in March, work on it for three months, and have time in summer to do the FLs and intensive reviewing? Or should I order it in May and work on it (along with the FLs and reviews) right until the week of MCAT?

    The problem with starting the QBanks in March for me would be that I'm taking a whole bunch of classes in school, and once final exam weeks come, I won't be actively doing MCAT practice problems for a few weeks because there's just no time. But I want to have enough time to spread things out so I don't have stress attacks everyday of summer.
  11. LaurenMCAT

    LaurenMCAT Elite Kaplan Instructor

    Nov 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    qiyjia -

    Good questions!!

    Before I can answer YOUR questions adequately, I've got some questions for you, so I can better understand your situation/goals/expectations:

    - Have you reviewed/mastered all the MCAT content info? (you want to do this first before tackling full-length practice exams)
    - Do you have 15 minutes a day during March/leading up to the summer months to work on MCAT prep? (if can happily do a few QBank problems in that keep you on your toes ;) )

    Also - I recommend NOT doing ANY practice full-lengths the week of your MCAT exam. Instead, briefly review your strongest topics, use flash-cards to keep your immediate recall sharp, and play with equations and mathematical procedures just for fun :D

    - Lauren
  12. jansOri23


    Oct 15, 2011
    how many passages does the Qbank give for the verbal section? or for other subjects for that matter..?
  13. KaplanPatrick

    KaplanPatrick Elite Kaplan Instructor 5+ Year Member

    Dec 1, 2010

    The Q-Bank is able to tap into our question bank of over 11,000 questions! With 19 Full Length examination and countless section and topical tests, there are a plethora of passages for Verbal and the sciences.

    Let me know if you have further questions!

  14. nym9631


    May 11, 2013

    The questions are nothing close to the real exam and it does not have the accurate timings to allow you arrange questions in blocks like the real MCAT. I made the mistake and purchased it, then I called for a refund and they told me that if you answer EVEN 1 question, they will not make a refund!!!! How ridiculous is that?!! How am I supposed to know that I like the course or not if I do not even answer one question?!!!
    Just save your money please, spend it on AAMC practice tests instead, which are very close to the actual exam.

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