• Set Yourself Up For Success Webinar

    October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
    SDN and Osmosis are teaming up to help you get set up for success this school year! We'll be covering study tips, healthy habits, and meeting mentors.

    Register Now!

  • Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!


MCAT Strategy for you


7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Oct 28, 2003
My strategy for studying for the MCAT. It got me a 32, wasn't too time consuming, costs a whole lot less than the Kaplan course and got me into med school (several actually) on my 1st shot.

Buy the Examkrackers Audio Osmosis CD's. (Set of 12) for about 200.00 new or 100.00 used (look on ebay or amazon.com). Then buy the set of 4 MCAT practice tests from AAMC ($80.00)
These two items cover everything needed on the BS, and PS section of the test as well as practice strategies for the VR.
However, the only practice for the essay is the sample tests.
So work on the essay separately if needed.

Start this procedure at least 3 months (preferably 3-6 mos.) before the MCAT.

Step 1. Listen to CD's all the way through while driving.

Step 2. Put CD's in your home CD player. In your hands should be a CD remote which you can use to pause the player, a full size 3 section notebook and a pen/pencil.

Step 3. Play CD's in order. Each track is a certain topic. Use the CD case to know the name of each topic (ex. The Ideal Gas Law)
Write the heading in your notebook for each track for quick review later. With the CD remote in one hand and your pen in the other, play the track and begin taking pertinent notes. Pause and rewind as needed. The CD's begin with physics (apx. 4 CD's), Gen. Chem (Apx. 4 CD's), and end w/ Organic, Biology, basic biochem principles, and lab procedures (apx. 4 CD's). There is also a short VR strategy section included.

Step 4. When done w/ all 12 CD's and your notebook looks nice and full, go back and listen to the CD's again at home, this time reading along in your notebook (It's like having a custom review book written just for you). Note, this is the 3rd full time you have listened to the set.

Step 5. Return the CD's to your vehicle to listen along again as you drive.

Step 6. Use your notebook for independent study, highlighting, etc. as you need.

Step 7. Take full length MCAT practice tests from AAMC.

Good luck. Remember the EK CD set covers EVERYTHING you will need for the MCAT. I believe it's only shortcomings are the essay section coverage (mentioned earlier), and extensive verbal reasoning review (use tests to self-assess and practice reading other materials. However, if you feel your primary needs rest in the sciences, you will really like this strategy. (So will your wallet, as you can resell the CD's on ebay like I did for the same price I paid)

Good LUCK!


7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Oct 28, 2003
Originally posted by shock827
this would have helped 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 months ago! Good for auditory learners, I guess. I say study how you are most effective. Good tips though!

Actually, it will be good for those August MCAT'ers. Also, it is good for auditory learners, but by writing out the notes while listening you also add a writing component, as well as a visual one by reading the notes along with the CD's the third time around, (and revewing the notes independently later). So pretty much, there's something in there for everyone.
This thread is more than 17 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.