MCAT Prep

MCAT Information

Registration for the 2017 MCAT exam dates will reopen in October 19, 2016, for January-June exam dates. Follow @AAMC_MCAT for updates and announcements. 

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The following list was written by one of our current Rutgers University-Newark BA/MD students, Ms. Aditi Jain.  The Office of Pre-Professional Services thanks her for taking the time to make this and share with her fellow classmates at Rutgers University-Newark.    

Tips for Studying for the MCAT

1.      Take your coursework seriously

  • I know there are a lot of classes that you can get through without genuinely learning the material and just getting through, but I would say learn the material in the class! It is time consuming, I know, but learning the material in class saves a lot of time and stress when it comes time to studying for the MCAT.

2.      Buy MCAT prep books

  • Get through at least one brand of MCAT prep books. I used Kaplan books and they were very thorough. Just be careful with those because you do not want to get too caught up on little details and rather you want to focus on big concepts. This revamped MCAT is all about tying topics together so getting big picture ideas is significantly more important than spending all your time memorizing little details.

3.      Practice, practice, then practice some more

  •  The single best prep tool is practice. You learn the most doing practice problems and tests, and just as important as taking the tests, are reviewing the tests. Make a list of the concepts you get wrong and that way you will be able to look back on the practice and see which concepts you have the most trouble with. Work on the areas you have the most trouble with first, and save the topics you are good at for later. I know it’s easy to read the chapters on the things you understand really well and it gets tedious to read the chapters you have trouble with, but start with the harder ones. This way you spend more time on what you have trouble with, and that can really help your scores.

4.      Take a full length practice test

  • This new exam is long and it requires a lot of focus for a long period of time. The only way to get the endurance for test day is taking practice tests timed and sitting down only with scheduled breaks. Taking full lengths tests helped me work on my timing and so on the day of the exam, timing was the least of my worries, and I was not tired because I took full length practice tests before.

5.      Get sleep and start early

  • The MCAT is not one of the exams to cram for. Start early and get in at least a little studying every day. Consistency is key. Sleep is equally important though, because without sleep the information does not set into your memory. Regularize your sleeping schedule so that you can maximize efficiency.

6.      Stay confident and remember the goal!

  • The MCAT is daunting, but you are completely capable. There is no such thing as a “poor test taker” because at the end of the day, it is all about preparedness. The more you are prepared, the better you will do (as simple as that, don’t let anyone tell you any different). Remember that you are doing this to fulfill your dreams of becoming a doctor, and as long as you have your goals in mind, no one can stop you. Study, study, study and make it happen!