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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by loverboy, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. loverboy

    loverboy Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    well guys, i'm finally preparing for my ultimate goal.... Anyways my gpa is decent and are preparing for mcat. I'm little tight on my friend is helping me out with kaplan preparation tests and all. My question here is u guys think i still take Kaplan prep course...which costs about a $1000 or so.
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  3. lilninja

    lilninja Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2001
    You can apply for financial aid in the form of a scholarship - I think you need tax forms for you and maybe even your parents, if you are dependent. I believe the price is cut substantially (to about $500 I think). I did not take a course (thought it was expensive, and I could not really fit the intensive class into my schedule). I did, however, have all the books for both Kaplan and Hyperlearning, and studied additional textbooks on my own. It all depends on how you study. A lot of people on this site have mentioned how helpful a prep course was.
    (you should try searching for MCAT prep - the search function is up top).
    hope this helps.
  4. simpleton

    simpleton Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    No don't waste your money on the course. If you have some study books you are set. I have some untaken princeton review test with solutions. Private msg me if you are interested.
  5. half_full

    half_full Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2001
    San Diego
    I agree with simpleton. I took the MCAT with just my textbooks, no practice exams, just a bit o' studying and did just fine.
  6. altaskier

    altaskier Altaholics Anonymous 92' 7+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2001
    I agree too. There is so much to study that sitting in a class is a waste of time. Get the books, buck down and study. The key is to take practice exams until you are blue in the face.
  7. CoffeeCat

    CoffeeCat SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2001
    Check out "going it alone, MCAT" in the everyone's what I plan to do...I think it will place more responsibility on me to learn the material rather than being spoon-fed. Good luck!
  8. rajneel1

    rajneel1 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 29, 2001
    well for me studying on my own was not an option because i would totally slack off. i think you should take a prep course. unless your are super motivated or brilliant on your own, it will be hard to study for the MCAT by yourself.
  9. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    Portland, OR
    People think that AMCAS is a scam but those test prep courses are even worse. More than a $1,000 for what? A few books and some people that have taken the MCAT before to tell you to get a good nights rest before the test. If they charge a quarter of what they do, they might be worth it.

    Study on your own. If you don't know how to study on your own, now is the time to learn. There is no prep course for each exam in medical school.
  10. loverboy

    loverboy Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    well.. you guys are owesome, I'm finding some good ppl here. Although I haven't been here for that long, you guys made me feel like home...thanx a bunch for good info... comers,please pith in...thanx
  11. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    The ONLY way to know if you need a class is to go buy an AAMC test (III, IV or V) and take it completely in one sitting, following all time restrictions.
  12. ccryder

    ccryder Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2001
    If you are going to use a AAMC Practice test as the determining factor, I would take test V. I-IV are quite old and not very representative of the current test although, they are still really good practice. I sat the MCAT twice. The first time I studied on my own and got a 30. The second time I took a Kaplan course and my score improved drastically. I credit this improvement to the fact that Kaplan gives its students tons of mini practice tests and fully proctored exams. I would definitely recommend the course. The MCAT is not like any other standardized test and I believe you really need to prepare for the MCAT specific test format.
  13. SMW

    SMW Grand Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    anchorage, ak
    I took the Kaplan course twice (they only charge you a nominal fee the second time around if it's within a certain time period) because I hadn't devoted enough time to studying and practice tests the first time around. The second time I took it in the summer and devoted myself full-time to studying for 2 months before the August MCAT. I liked their study materials, and especially the videos (much better than the actual classes, which I didn't bother with second time, as they put the very best teachers on the videos), and the opportunity to take lots of practice tests. Going over every question I missed on a practice test until I absolutely understood it was the best preparation of all. I could not have done it on my own.
  14. alice

    alice Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    More than the material, which includes some useful study hints, the valuable things are the endless piles of practice tests they have. For me, the best part about Kaplan was that they screened out all the material you needed to know and provided a schedule to follow. I know, Doctors need to have initative and must be able to self-educate. But I figured I'd worry about those little things once I was into med school. It did the trick! I don't know if I'll get in to a million schools, but I've gotten interviews at 75% of the schools I applied to.
  15. USeF

    USeF sunny L.A. 10+ Year Member

    ...they screened out all the material you needed to know and provided a schedule to follow..

    completely off-subject, but I remember Pitt telling us at the interview day that this is what they did early in the 90's when they wanted to restructure their entire curriculum. I thought it was brilliant and a testament to the time they must have invested to go through all the material in all the basic science courses to filter out the useless science info.

    then there are schools like Pritzker that believe in learning the fundamental underlying principles very well for everything, leading to a physician that can apply these pathways to future encounters with foreign diseases.

    what was my point again?

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