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Kaplan PCAT 08-09 Book Oddity

Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by socom, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. socom

    socom 2+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    Okay, so the new PCAT book has some changes from the 2007 one (obviously). In the bio section, it combined some sections from the previous book. The General Chemistry section was also shortened, which was good, since now the book is even more concise. The problem lies in the Organic Chemistry section.

    There is none.

    The folks at Kaplan somehow combined all of the o-chem of the 2007 edition into ONE chapter, which is crammed into the General Chemistry Section. And that chapter is utter crap. It doesn't even teach you how to name compounds. All it does is talk about orbitals, give a basic definition to some functional groups, and tell you what a carbohydrates and amino acids are (like you don't already know).

    What I'm trying to say is to supplement with the 2008 book with the 2007 book (or earlier) when you get to O-chem. Please, for your sake, DO NOT just look at this o-chem chapter and think you'll do fine on the PCAT.

    Just a heads up.
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  3. argon18

    argon18 7+ Year Member

    May 8, 2008

    I agree, the organic sections also focuses on amino acids and synthesis of common organic compounds
  4. fenixtnlfan

    fenixtnlfan P2 Wildcat Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    None of the Kaplan editions are sufficient for O.Chem. The only section I think they did really good on was the Bio.
  5. AsianGuy26

    AsianGuy26 2+ Year Member

    May 13, 2008
    Eh, thats where the MCAT review books are helpful :D
  6. phuang06

    phuang06 VCU - Class of 2013 5+ Year Member

    Aug 26, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I thought the oddity was going to be the errors that are incorporated into the book to throw off people who are using it to learn as opposed to refresh and brush up. :p
  7. Markovnikov

    Markovnikov 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    Yeah there was not enough ochem material in kaplan book.

    I wish I would have listened to my adviser who told me "avoid using kaplan and just study from your old midterms and exams"

    I did really well in the ochem classes but I think I did terrible on the PCAT because I did not review any of it because I trusted kaplan. :/
  8. sakigt

    sakigt Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    Jacksonville, FL
    The Orgo on the PCAT was so basic that you should have learned it in Org I and firmed it up in Org II. Yes, Kaplan didnt cover it but if you took the prereq you should have been ok. I got a C and B respectively in Orgo and felt like what I knew was enough for the PCAT.

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