The Premed Playbook Guide to the MCAT: Maximize Your Score, Get Into Med School
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Did you know that the MCAT (and more importantly, your MCAT score) is one of the biggest determinants of whether or not you are going to get into medical school? Every year, we talk to students who underestimate the MCAT and do poorly, severely hindering their ability to get into medical school their first time applying.
The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT gives you the high yield information that you need to know so that you understand what to expect when registering for the MCAT, buying MCAT books and other prep material, looking at MCAT prep courses, finding your MCAT study group, and creating your studying plan. (Use the promo code in the book to save on Next Step's MCAT test prep materials too!) As soon as you know you have to take the MCAT, you need this book. With a solid plan to prep for the MCAT, you can take your application from something that may get overlooked to one that grabs the attention of admission committee members and gets you an interview and an acceptance.
Expert Advice: With over ten years experience in MCAT test prep, Next Step Test Prep helps half of all students taking the MCAT every year. Dr. Ryan Gray has been helping students on their journey to medical school through The MCAT Podcast, co-hosted by Next Step Test Prep, The Premed Years, and other podcasts and services at Medical School Headquarters.
About the Author
- Publisher : Next Step Test Preparation LLC (May 14, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 178 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1944935282
- ISBN-13 : 978-1944935283
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.45 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
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This book is completely different than his personal statement book, in that it is a rather thorough advertisement for purchasing his Next Step products.
It seems like after every main section, the author pushes the reader to purchase Next Step products. Like this section on page 36, urging the reader to get a refund from any previous courses taken to purchase the Next Step course,
"If you didn't use a prep course before, now may be the time to look into it. Next Step offers their MCAT Course which includes several live office hours every week. If you did use a course, you might be able to get a refund and use that money for one-on-one tutoring from Next Step."
1. The book is short, 164 pages from the first actual chapter to the last. I skimmed through this book and I really like the headings in each chapter. The author ( who is a MD) portrays these headings as potential questions that one might have about the MCAT and medical school application/admissions. So, in a way, you will know what the chapter or specific paragraph from that section will be about.
2. Just from reading, chapters 1&2, this author is thorough/detailed and most likely this will continue throughout the book. At the same time the author manages to get to the point of each section.
3. Not only the author talks about the MCAT but also talks about medical school admissions real quick in the first chapter.
4. The author does a great job explaining what the MCAT is in chapters 1&2. It is noted what MCAT stands for, when to take it, cost, scoring, etc. Towards the middle/end there are some general sample questions with the answers below them, but these are mainly for the author to explain what potential questions you will see on the actual MCAT and how they are phrased. Also, the author has some resources that come with the book, located at the end of the book. Definitely use these resources to get started.
In general, I’m thankful to have come across this book. I will continue to read this book to really have solid foundation of what the MCAT is and to maximize my chances of scoring high (of course this is done through practice/studying). One advice that I can give the next person who is reading through this comment is that, as you read the book take short notes either in the book or on a separate piece of paper. This is so that Incase you want to refresh your memory, you won’t have to read the whole section again. At the same time this will show that you understand what that section is about. Finally, I’ll leave you with this, this book wasn’t that expensive and so far from reading chapters 1&2, I am writing a review so it should tell how good this book is. As well as don’t go spending crazy money on other books about the MCAT, when you can buy this book which is budget friendly and detailed with other resources at the end of the book.
If you're looking for other helpful pre-med books, Dr. Gray's other book in the series (The Premed Playbook Guide to the Medical School Interview) is also definitely worth checking out.