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Never got it fully answered: Books

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by stifler, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. stifler

    stifler Senior Member
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    So After Next Semester Ill be done with all my premed requirements with 1 semester of Biochem I. I plan on studying for the MCATs alone this summer. Then taking a prep course next summer.

    My NEEDS are: interesting books that keep my attention span and explanation of things so I don't need to flip through my text book. For my summer studies, I wish to get the easier book problems so I dont get discouraged since I'm doing it alone. But, I want to stress that I want a prep book that I can use to teach me concepts because I have a really bad memory. Especially for physics since I am taking PChem after this summer.

    So which TPR, EK, or Kaplan is for me?

    Ps:I'm leaning towards EK because it is colorful, textbook like, and supposedly for ppl who have scored under 30 on the MCATs which is a good start for me since I would score under 30 is I took the test tomorrow.

    I just want to know the benefits for TPK and Kaplan as well as EK. And downsides... Thanks!
     
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    Confused about something............

    Are you going to take it this summer or just study for the test this summer and take it the following summer??????????????????????????????
     
  3. stifler

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    im just studying for it this summer. NOT taking it this summer.

    also be nice if the books explained things well. i need to brush up on physics for PChem.
     
  4. EndSong

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    ExamKracker books are amazing for just about every subject. I would recommend the entire set. They're very straight-forward reads that tell you everything you need to know. The pictures are memorable and you can read an entire ExamKracker book over a weekend and work on the details as you study some more.

    Both PR and Kaplan are good although I would caution you to avoid Kaplan's tests which to me have always seemed either ridiculously easy or ridiculously difficult. Also the Kaplan prep tests have very skewed grading curves. I think both have impractical study methods for verbal. PR verbal questions however are very close to the real thing.
     
  5. stifler

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    Also since I will be taking the MCATs in 2 summers they are using the Computer Test. Will the material be different? Can I use old books to study for it?
     
  6. PneoDr

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    A summer is enough time to study for the exam. If I were in your shoes, I would study and take the exam. In two summers you will be many months separated from key courses like genetics, cell biology, gen chemistries, physics, etc.

    neo
     
  7. stifler

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    my book question is still unanswered... :-/
     
  8. DrBowtie

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    I'd hold off buying materials until the new updated materials are being sold. Mainly because no one knows if content will be further cut since the questions will be cut too.
     
  9. finch

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    Generally, I think that Princeton books are supposed to be the most in depth and intense. Kaplan are considered intermediate, while examkrackers are the least in depth but also the easiest read. If you want something that will hold your attention, I think that examkrackers would be your best bet. Honestly, though, I don't know how much studying this summer will help you if you hold off a whole year for the test.
     
  10. Fermata

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    While I understand where you are coming from it would not hurt to study as others have previously.
     
  11. Khanal007

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    this may be a personal question, but since we're all anonymous basically on here, here it goes: What is your current BCMP gpa? Have you been doing well in your prereq's?

    If you've been doing well, I'll plead with you to take the test this summer -- cause if you study all summer, you'll forget a lot of material by the time the following summer rolls along and you'll have to relearn it all again. I forget a lot of the nit picky things that I had down cold just 5 months ago when taking the August test. I'd have to learn it all again.

    As for books. Verbal -- get EK, no question. I like kaplan sciences, but don't know how TPR and EK are.
     

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