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To 515 and Beyond! Why an MCAT Score is More Than Just a Number
Five hundred twenty-eight. Compared to seeing the numerals “528,” the written words have a much different vibe for me now. There I was, shooting for 100%s on exams through college, then suddenly people are telling me I “need a 528,” but “don’t worry 515 is great,” or “honestly anything over 510 is solid!” Excuse me, READ MORE
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A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Intermediates: How to Optimize Studying Biochemistry
Every pre-med student can agree: memorization is HARD and memorization is important. To vex us even more, some MCAT topics only require surface-level knowledge, while others seem to require an endless parade of facts. Take metabolism for instance; remembering that HEXoses have six carbons? Not too bad! Remembering that “py-ru-vate” has “1-2-3” carbons? Still…OK…but starting READ MORE
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Avoiding The Empty Brain Feel: Managing content anxiety on the MCAT
As a pre-med, you’ve taken an exam or two (though it probably feels like 200!). When test time came, you may well have experienced testing anxiety. Sweaty palms, nausea, heart palpitations, racing thoughts, going “blank”, hyperfixation, and catastrophic thinking are just a few of the symptoms of an anxious test taker. For an exam like READ MORE
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How Many Times Can You Take The MCAT?
For many pre-med students, the MCAT isn’t a “one and done” deal. Maybe you didn’t receive the MCAT score you were hoping for, or perhaps you simply felt like your nerves got the best of you on test day—in either circumstance, you are not alone! Rest assured, it is possible (and not uncommon) to take READ MORE
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What to bring to the MCAT
You’ve done it. You’ve studied, prepared, reviewed, and now you’re ready to get that goal score on MCAT test day. While the process of getting here has probably been pretty stressful, you’ll want to make sure that test day is as easy as possible. To ensure test day is smooth sailing, there are some things READ MORE
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How the MCAT can apply to your medical career
Studying for the MCAT can feel like it’s taking forever, especially when the only thing we can think about is getting the score of our dreams and being DONE with the MCAT. Something that can help you get through this time of your life, and maybe even enjoy it, is to consider how the MCAT READ MORE
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Why MCAT Content Review Is Overrated
First off, we should make it clear: the MCAT is more than content. Pause. That doesn’t mean content isn’t important, but it is often overrated! While there is a master level of MCAT content expected, we find that it’s easy for MCAT students to dive into their prep focused solely on content. This can result READ MORE
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The Best Free MCAT Prep
Preparing for the MCAT can be really expensive and can feel really inaccessible. Not to worry! There are plenty of free MCAT prep resources that can help you boost your MCAT score and put you in the best position possible by the time test day rolls around.  Free MCAT Prep Practice  One of the most READ MORE