MCAT Study Materials
MCAT Study Material 1 - Examkrackers Mcat Complete Study Package (Paperback)
It is unfortunate that the Examkrackers Study package, which consists of 5 volumes, is currently out of print and availability is limited, though the price tag on the complete set, even used, is around $100. Its information and practice tests are effective in helping you pass the Medical College Admission Test. There are some problems, especially in the biology section, but overall, with some good, hard work, this collection of tomes will get you through it.
MCAT Study Material 2 - Kaplan MCAT Practice Tests (Paperback)
While this book won't stand alone to get you through the MCAT, these practice tests are great for supplementing other resources. Use then in addition to online practice tests and as follow-up for the Examkrackers or the Kaplan Premier program. The question format isn't very helpful now that all the tests are administered online, but where is there a student who can't benefit from more practice before taking a test as challenging as the MCAT?
MCAT Study Material 3 - Examkrackers MCAT Audio Osmosis with Jordan and Jon [AUDIOBOOK] [UNKNOWN FORMAT] (Audio CD)
The audio book is a handy tool for the time-challenged able to slide the CD into a car stereo on the way to work or transfer it to a listening device for a morning run. While it certainly won't take the place of more exhaustive resources, it's a real help to those of us who learn best through our ears. Listen at bedtime or during sleep if you are a sleep learner. But don't depend on it as your only resource.
MCAT Study Material 4 - Examkrackers MCAT Biology (Paperback)
This EK book claims to review all the material included in the MCAT test, a fact to which I cannot attest. It does offer 9 half-hour tests in MCAT format and over a hundred separate questions in addition. It is written in easy-to-follow English, with colorful illustrations and helpful memory tips. It's straightforward, need-to-know information that gets to the point and clarifies issues. Not pricey as a stand-alone; if you need the whole series, they'll set you back some.
MCAT Study Material 5 - Examkrackers MCAT101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning (Paperback)
This book's design is similar to the MCAT test format. It will be a useful prep for anyone seeking to score well in verbal reasoning. The book intentionally doesn't beak down answers to specific details, but leads you in reasoning processes. It isn't a short-term solution, but a full resource for preparation for the test. Some answer choices may not be well-supported, but as a teaching aid for doing your own reasoning, it's hard to beat this book.
MCAT Study Material 6 - Kaplan MCAT in a Box (Cards)
Flash cards work for the little kids. Why not the big kids? This is a great tool for group study, and lends itself to good-natured competitiveness that cements answers in your head. While a group session is nice, the cards are equally useful as a refresher tool when used by you. Good explanations, clear questions. Since they are loose-leaf, organization is up to the user and they can be topically matched for clues to weak areas or shuffled for variety.
MCAT Study Material 7 - Examkrackers MCAT Physics (Paperback)
This is a hard and very challenging textbook that will let you know just how much you don't know about physics. But if you want to ace the physics part of the test, ace this and you will breeze through. Its eight exams and a hundred and thirty questions will sharpen your brain and get you focused. The book is very precise and well worth the wait if it's not in stock and you have to order it.
MCAT Study Material 8 - The Gold Standard MCAT with Online Practice MCAT CBT's (The Gold Standard MCAT) (Paperback)
The best thing about this book is the three, full-length practice tests that pull out. The book offers online practice and since the test is online, this is helpful. The Gold Standard, a best seller for good reason covers medical school admissions and detailed science sections. It provides a review of Verbal Reasoning; a Five Minute and a five step approach to the writing Sample. Well illustrated, this may be the only book you need to review and prepare.
MCAT Study Material 9 - The MCAT Biology Book (Paperback)
Billed as a comprehensive overview of MCAT biology appropriate for all pre-med students preparing for the MCAT, this book seems to live up to its promise. It is well illustrated and in twenty-one sections, thoroughly covers biology, in ascending order of difficulty, each followed by questions similar to those in the MCAT. The answers include detailed explanations. The book is a bit expensive, but it is available used. Use with its fellow volumes in physics and chemistry.
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