This is where you’ll find all of our recommended resources, including books, audio, courses, and links to helpful websites. We only recommend products that we’ve personally used and had success with. If you decide to make a purchase, please use the links provided, as they help us keep this website going!
We recommend using Kaplan for all your MCAT course needs. Their materials are excellent and their instructors are carefully screened and held to high standards. If you’re the type of student that needs live interaction with the instructor, we’d suggest the live classroom courses or live tutoring. If you’re more of an independent student and you’d like access to your course 24/7, the online video course is a superb product. It is also especially useful if you have a busy schedule or you don’t live in an area where the live course is offered.
MCAT Books and Audio
The Examkrackers books have been the number one sellers on Amazon for years and it’s for good reason! They only explain what you need to know and they do it in an easy-to-understand format. We’ve personally seen many students raise their MCAT score using these books because they finally can actually understand the concepts. Examkrackers even has a 10-week self-study plan! There is a catch – The study problems are not very good in these books, so we would recommend looking elsewhere for study questions (we also would not recommend the Examkrackers 1001 Questions series).
We love the Examkrackers Audio Osmosis as a supplement to the books! Jordan and Jon are MCAT experts, but they explain the material in a fun and easy-to-remember way. The CDs follow along with the Examkrackers books, so we would recommend reading a section of the book and then listening to the corresponding CD after.
This is our recommended book for practice questions. This book is published by The Princeton Review and it includes separate chapters for each subject, as well as access to 2 full-length practice exams online. We also recommend purchasing access to other full-length practice exams through e-mcat, which is explained below.
Get this book for all the official information about the MCAT straight from the AAMC. It even includes 140 practice questions not seen anywhere else!
This is a very comprehensive set of flash cards covering all of the MCAT science topics you’ll need to know. We don’t recommend using these alone to study, but they’re great to use as a review. They’re especially helpful to bring along on road trips or flipping through for a few minutes between classes!
Books About Applying
This is the official guide to applying to medical school straight from the AAMC. It includes a narrative about each school, in-depth statistics, and exact requirements. This book is essential for all students applying to medical school.
If you’re concerned about rankings and need to know how prestigious a given school is, this is the book for you. It outlines the best 168 medical schools in the US.
This is the official MCAT practice site from the AAMC. What’s unique about this site is they allow you to purchase MCAT exams that were administered previously, so you can practice on the real thing. Another advantage, is the test is administered online, so you can get a feel for the computer testing environment and how the program works so there are no surprises on your actual test day. You can even access one practice test for free!
Other Useful Links
The AAMC is the American Association of Medical Colleges
The Biopsy is an excellent blog written by a pre-med student about anything and everything relating to medicine. Definitely work a look for anyone interested in medicine and the progress we are making in the field.
Great articles and extremely active forums for pre-health students of all levels!
DirectoryHealthy.com – Health directory and healthy information.