The Kaplan "test banks" are independent practice exams you can take on your own.yourfriend said:This is anecdotal, but two people (myself and one other) from my Kaplan prep course scored above 40. His diagnostic was 25, my diagnostic was 24, and another Princeton Review diag I took was 23. It doesn't really show anything scientifically, but it does show that there's nothing wrong with Kaplan's test prep. I think if I hadn't taken Kaplan I would not have scored as well. The other person was right on in saying Kaplan takes a lot of self-study, but I disagree that Princeton's test bank is larger: Kaplan has an absolutely exhaustive bank, both of specific topics and full-length MCATs, that despite a very earnest attempt on my part I could not finish during my course.
OSUdoc08 said:The Kaplan "test banks" are independent practice exams you can take on your own.
Princeton has full proctored MCAT's with simulated test situations on Saturdays. There is a difference.
Princeton has several more full practice exams then does Kaplan. Additionally, Princeton requires little independent study, which is important if you are a busy person.
That's the point exactly. Why pay for the teachers and to spend time in class if you are going to be doing all of your learning on your own? Why not just pay for Kaplan's online exams and the books instead of taking the classes, which won't really help? It makes more sense to attend a class, where you actually learn so much that you won't need much outside time.yourfriend said:Well, just so the facts are there and she/he can make an informed decision: Kaplan has 5 proctored full-lengths through the course, which I think is the same amount as Princeton. The test banks I'm referring to are the additional 12 full-lengths that Kaplan has available to students. But you obviously had a good experience with Princeton...they're both good, I suppose. Honestly, I think it's a difference in style: if you're a motivated self-studyer, Kaplan can't be beat. Their classroom sessions are not that interesting or enlightening, but they have enormous resources out of class. Additionally, I found their exams to be even more difficult than the actual MCAT: when I got to the actual exam, it felt like a breeze. I have heard that Princeton has better classroom sessions, so I suppose, once again, that it depends on your learning style.
Oh it does....and it did..... the experience of just taking practice exams raises the score..this does not even consider time spent reviewing the material.Axe said:They all have good points and bad points. Its the deluded people that think just taking a course is somehow going to magically raise their scores just by showing up.
I liked the TPR hyperlearning text (the phone book sized one) for comprehensive review, the EK books for quick review towards the end, and the Kaplan practice materials in their library. I picked up the the first two second hand on Ebay while taking the Kaplan course and rocked the MCAT (38T). All the exams out there stink compared to actual AAMC exams. I am sure people will have similar experiences taking TPR or Kaplan but they all rock and suck in some way.
Right on! ExamKrackers has great teachers and good study material....although most of my med school friends have taken PR and have done well on the MCAT too....I agree that Kaplan is good if you plan on doing a lot of self-study and proctoring tests by yourself....otherwise, PR is better for those things....ExamKrackers really does just stress specific things you should know on the MCAT, which helps filter a lot of useless information you may find throughout other courses....anyway, I recommend both PR and EK...I personally do not like Kaplan for the MCAT!ZAZA67401 said:Honestly, both stink...go with examkrackers
hahah... this replies are funny when I think about what I did.americanangel said:Which do you think has a better MCAT prep course?
I've taken both Berkeley Review and Kaplan, and Kaplan is by far a better prep course. I took Berkeley Review in Berkeley, so it may depend on the place, but Kaplan had so many more resources. A lot of money goes into Kaplan research whereas Berkeley Review is kind of a small company. However, it seems like TPR might be even better than Kaplan by the response to this thread.bbaek said:how about berkeley review? how does that program go against tpr and kaplan?
I would not have taken TPR, Kap, or EK at all if there were ample practice sets available outside of their super-expensive courses.jeffsleepy said:TPR FTW!!!
You choose to take a prep course because you're too lazy/unmotivated to study on your own. Because of that, the extra instructional hours is a big plus. You can just buy extra material/diags for a fraction of the price of a Kaplan course.