Jul 2, 2019
Hello, I have a few questions about studying for 2021 MCAT. I plan to start studying in August/September and then test in January. If the January test does not go as planned, I will test again in May/June.

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a study plan for this 4 month timeline. Ideally, I would like to casually study in September, October, and November. Once December comes, I will really amp things up, aiming to study 8+ hours a day during Winter break.

I was also wondering what materials I might need. I have the general idea of what to do, but seek more direction. I have 2017 (or 2018) full set Kaplan books. I was planning on also getting lots of practice tests and AAMC flashcards.

If someone could offer advice of any kind relating to my timeline and materials, it would be greatly appreciated!


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Apr 25, 2019
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This is actually exactly what I did in preparation for my MCAT. A good way to go about it would be to try and finish all content review in the school year, and then spend Winter break --> MCAT doing tons of practice. If you find that you can finish content review before Winter break, then start earlier. I think the Kaplan books are fine, but you should supplement them with the Khan Academy videos and notes compilations. As for other material, I think you should purchase UWorld and the AAMC online bundle. That should be more than enough.

Kevin W, MCAT Tutor
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