BLUEPRINT MCAT BLOG

At Blueprint, we believe in educating first. Our MCAT blog was created to reflect this value. Our articles are written by the same MCAT experts who write our MCAT books, MCAT practice exams, and our MCAT course materials. We also partner with guest contributors regularly, both professionals and industry experts, to make sure that you are getting information that is not only relevant, but accurate.

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What To Do During Your Gap Year Before Medical School

Taking a gap year offers you the opportunity to gain new experiences, understand new perspectives, and learn new skills, while providing you with a break from an ongoing academic schedule. Gap years before medical school have become very common. According to data from the AAMC 2021 Matriculating Student Questionnaire, over two-thirds of matriculants took at

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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

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The Changes You Need to Know About the CASPer

A couple of years ago, we introduced you to CASPer, the friendly ghost…err, the Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics test. Since then, CASPer has become even more popular among medical schools, including big names such as University of Washington School of Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, New York Medical College, and several osteopathic

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Data & Conclusions about GPA, MCAT Score, and Admissions Chances

The process of applying to medical school can appear to be one big numbers game. Tens of thousands of students apply every year, so it’s easy to feel like a little fish in a big pond. There are several components to a successful medical school application, but two particular aspects are often at the forefront

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How the Doctor Shortage Might Mean More Financial Aid for Med Students

It’s no secret that the last two years have been particularly hard on the medical industry, including those in medical school. Students on their path to graduation have left early to work in ERs and urgent care centers, and in-person learning was abruptly stopped. The AAMC also released their annual guidelines, which show us how

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Comparing an MD vs a DO

Imagine it’s twenty years from now and you’re flying back from vacation. Just as you drift off, you hear the flight attendant over the PA frantically ask if anyone on board is a doctor. Your eyes snap open–it’s here! The moment Grey’s Anatomy, House, The Resident, Chicago Med, and… about 12 years of training prepared

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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

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How Much Does Medical School Cost?

It’s no secret that medical school can be an expensive process. From preparing for the MCAT to actually applying to medical school and matriculating, the average cost of medical school is steadily increasing. In this article, we’ll be giving an overview what expenses you should expect when applying and then look at options you have

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