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MCAT preparation course

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by acca, Feb 1, 2000.

  1. acca

    acca New Member

    Jan 31, 2000
    I enrolled in the Kaplan course and took the MCAT last year, but I didn't do as well as I should have. Is there another prep course I should try which might help me prepare better, i.e. Berkely review or Columbia review?
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  3. Tigger Tiger

    Tigger Tiger Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 7, 1999
    Vancouver, BC
    Depends. What sections were you weak on?

    I found PR 'material' best for Verbal and WS, but Kaplan for the sciences. However, overall, the PR practice questions were superior.

    I would see about buying the books and practice diags off of someone... as taking courses can be very expensive!
  4. A-MAC

    A-MAC Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    San Jose, CA
    I took the Berkeley review and it was awsome all around. The instructors were great, and I improved my verbal reasoning schore by three points! I was very pleasedd with my experience. I think the instructors were better than some of my undergrad instructors. If you can take it I would.
  5. turtleboard

    turtleboard SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 1999
    New York, New York
    If Kaplan doesn't work for you, why not just go with #2 in MCAT prep (TPR)? Why bother with no-name courses named after colleges lesser than Princeton (Columbia and Berkeley)? [​IMG]

    In all seriousness, Kaplan is a great course. TPR is comparable, but weak in practice materials (quantity). Friends of mine who've taken TPR swear by it. I personally enjoyed my Kaplan experience and would choose them for USMLE Step 1 prep (which my school arranges for us anyway).

    Tim of New York City.
  6. bri1856

    bri1856 Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 1999
    Kansas City
    I was a Kaplan student and felt that Kaplan had more to offer than I ever had time to use. The home study material was excellent and the library was very good. My advice is to pay the nominal fee to retake the Kaplan course and work your butt off. I doubt that Princeton or Berkely or others would be that much different from Kaplan. I agree with turtleboard that TPR is probably not as strong as Kaplan in the library materials. I would recommend saving some money by retaking Kaplan and not taking a chance on another review company.
  7. David511

    David511 Ponch's Illegitimate Son 10+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2000

    I took TPR (actually, they call it "Hyperlearning" out in LA) in preparation for the April 99 MCAT. In my opinion the instructors were for the most part first rate, although the Verbal seminars could have been better organized and the OChem reviews were weak (and awfully rushed!). Regardless, after reading their entire review book and completing countless hours of practice exams I felt well prepared for the actual test. Honestly after completing the test I felt that I understood EVERYTHING so much better (I kinda wish I had taken the class BEFORE taking my undergrad classes).
    Anyways, after all was said and done, I was pleased with my score, a 33R (12, 11, 10). From what I've heard from other friends who've taken Berkeley or Kaplan, the techniques utilized in most of the programs are quite similar. For what its worth, I think the key to succeeding with an MCAT prep course is to get down and dirty with the material--spend so much time with it that it comes out your pores. Truthfully I spent on average ~40 hrs per week studying or attending classes for the freakin test. It killed my social life for awhile, but if your gonna spend upwards of $1K on a prep course, do it right.
    Best of Luck. Contact me if you have any questions.

    Take Care!!
  8. emericana


    Sep 2, 2010
    Thats cool. I wish TPR was where I was located. Not too happy with my purchase of the kaplan class
  9. lovebat


    Aug 5, 2010
    If you're self-motivated enough self-study with Exam Krackers. Courses are a waste of money for what you get out of them. Doing things the "Kaplan way" or "TPR way" may not even be your study style. EK gives you the info and some strategy but allows you to tailor it to suit you best. I did better on the MCAT than all but 2 of my friends who took courses and still scored fine (35+..they scored one point higher).
  10. RUDoc

    RUDoc 5+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    I swear by TPR (The Princeton Review). If you get the book set that is given with the courses you have the materials to get a great score. I don't like EK at all. They try to cut down on information but it comes at the price of a thorough understanding. Additionally the main books are lacking in the way of practice questions and the 1001Q series they offer is a bad representation of the real MCAT questions. The 101 reading passages aren't too bad, but verbal is only a 1/3 of your score.

    Score with mainly EK: 30 (P11 B10 V9)
    Score with only TPR: 39 (P14 B12 V13)

    I will admit that I am normally a verbal guy so I can't really say that TPR cause the big jump in verbal, more likely the lower one was a bad day for me/not enough test simulation (causes test day jitters = drop in score)
  11. runrunrudolph1

    runrunrudolph1 trauma surgery 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2009
    has anyone taken the EK course? Thoughts on it?
  12. hopki099

    hopki099 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2010
    That was 11 years ago, so I would hesitate to contact him now.
  13. Venc

    Venc 5+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    I'm going to take one course that is based on EK books and I been told by two people that it is excellent, raising score by 10 or more (at least in practice).

    Look around, I don't like Kaplan at all
  14. bony


    Jul 6, 2009
    hi I am looking for study material for MCAT.please let me know if anyone can provide the material.and also please can anyone has priceton and exam crackers study material.if so please let me know if u can lend me for my preparation.thank u
  15. UpQuark

    UpQuark 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    I feel the same way about EK. I felt when I prepped with EK, a lot of it was "fill in the blank" sort of thing. Although I got the main idea, I felt that they should have gone into more detail, especially in the Physical Sciences. I am enrolled in TPR course and glad to hear that it was worth it!
  16. UpQuark

    UpQuark 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2010
    By the way, I highly recommend EK Audio Osmosis. More helpful than the books IMO
  17. lovebat


    Aug 5, 2010
    Are these practice test scores or real test scores (and if practice, TPR practice??)

    EK tells you what you need to know. Too much detail can be confusing and overwhelming.
  18. sn0w 72

    sn0w 72

    Dec 28, 2010
    New York
    Audio Osmosis made me want to claw my eyes out, but I guess it depends on what time of learner you are. Kaplan's materials were great when I really took advantage of all they provide. I think alot of my learning came from when I reviewed FL's. The class was so-so, I think it depends on who your instructor is. And they were def the weakest for PS, I wish I had something else I could have used for that.
  19. UpQuark

    UpQuark 2+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2010

    Haha, I can see why. I like the corny jokes they had. It mostly helped when I couldn't pick up a book to study (i.e workout, walk to classes)

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