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What do you think about Barron's

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by nero, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    I just wanted to know everybody's opinion on Barron's MCAT study books. I feel like they go into too much detail as far as bio is concerned. Also, I think the questions are not similar to the real MCAT questions. What do you all think??

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  3. E'01

    E'01 1K Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Barrons If I can remember, scared the bejeebers out of me. It's way too detailed.
  4. italianlove

    italianlove Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    Hey Nero,

    I used Barron's for like a week before I started TPR and let me just say that this book is by far and away the WORST most GOD-AWFUL study-guide I have ever seen. The Verbal section is almost laughable and the science sections (especially the Physical) are ridiculous. Do yourself a favor and do not use this book anymore! You'd be much better off with a Kaplan or TPR book, they cost more, but they're worth it. Hope this helps and good luck with everything. Ciao. :)
  5. Zack90

    Zack90 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2001
    Philadelphia, PA
    I have to agree with Italianlove... Barron's was not very good of a MCAT prep book.... I thought it was at least better than the Peterson's Gold. If you can, use AAMC, Kaplan, or TPR material. But, bottom line, go through as many practice questions as you can.
  6. Gainer

    Gainer Prefrontal Sclerosis 7+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2002
    Coldest Place on Earth
    I liked the Barron practice tests (I thought they were better than Kaplan's) but the actual study guide seemed silly to me. I would say take as many practice tests as you can, from as many sources as you can. Of cource, the AAMC stuff is the best for this (but I couldn't get their tests).
  7. analu

    analu Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 6, 2002
    another thumbs down for Barron's...the test questions aren't nearly good enough to give you a realistic feel for the actual MCAT. If you have access to AAMC Tests III, IV, and V, those sample full-lengths are pretty close to what you'll see (and score--my total scores were within 3 points of each other on those and the real one I took).

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  9. Dr. L

    Dr. L Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 10, 2002
    New York
    I wasn't a big fan of vote goes to the Kaplan, Princeton Review and AAMC practice tests. They definitely prepared me well for the exam and were the most similar to the actual exam.

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