Online MCAT Exam Overview
For the 2024 testing year, the MCAT will maintain the same format as for 2023. A minor interface change had been planned, but has been delayed. Updates on the logistics of the exam can be found directly from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
The MCAT is likely the longest exam a student will ever take. Incorporating the maximum optional break time, the test is approximately seven-and-a-half hours long. For this reason, building testing stamina through official practice exams from AAMC is a major part of MCAT prep. In fact, the best resources for MCAT study are AAMC's own, so if you haven't already procured those resources and are preparing to take the MCAT, you should probably visit this webpage to do so now.
Each of our MCAT experts is familiar with each of the four sections of the test, but upon request, we can connect you with a Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) specialist as that is the most unique section of the test. The static exam structure is as follows:
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems | 59 questions | 95 minutes
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) | 53 questions | 90 minutes
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems | 59 questions | 95 minutes
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior | 59 questions | 95 minutes
The MyGuru Edge for MCAT Prep
No two MCAT students are the same, so no two MyGuru one-on-one tutoring sessions are either. Our MCAT tutors are equally familiar with each section of the exam so they can build a uniquely targeted study plan with a tailored learning approach to help each student achieve their score goals.
Using dynamic online whiteboarding tools in a virtual meeting environment that requires no equipment other than an internet-connected computer with a microphone and camera, MyGuru LSAT tutoring features both content review and live practice problems. Using this parallel track of instruction, our instructors explain how particular MCAT strategies and tactics can be used for future problems with similar content.
The instructor's live-produced whiteboard notes are then shared as either a static .pdf (see example) after every session or kept on a private whiteboard for future reference and interaction in between lessons. Over time, these notes become a supplementary "textbook" of tactics and content to review that is unique to each student's lesson pland and learning style that isn't available anywhere else.
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Selecting a MCAT tutor is a major commitment, so we always offer a free 15-minute introductory videoconference with any potential instructor to help each student decide which path forward is best for their individual MCAT and med school application needs. While we can also conduct a phone call, we recommend a videoconference as it allows a greater opportunity to share exactly what separates MyGuru from all other MCAT prep companies. In that videoconference potential students will be able to:
- Screenshare live with an experienced MyGuru MCAT coach to learn how our dynamic whiteboarding tool works and to better understand the differences between our standard and premium online tutoring offers
- Discuss a tailored MCAT study schedule and possible supplementary resources that can help you continue your learning by completing intentionally curated homework assignments between live lessons
- Share your experience with the MCAT, or any other standardized tests you may have taken in the past, to give fuller context regarding what you need from a potential tutor
- Conduct a comfortable introductory conversation with your possible tutor to determine whether the personality fit is good and whether that instructor seems well-positioned to guide the next steps of your MCAT journey
MCAT Tutoring Pricing & Package Options
At MyGuru, we believe on return on investment and do not require any commitment to start working together beyond purchase of a single hour of instruction. We offer several tiers of instruction and hours to maximize value. At each level, MyGuru students have gained admission (and merit-based aid!) from some of the top med schools in the United States.
- Standard Online | $130 per hour | $600 for 5 hours | $1,400 for 12 hours | $2,700 for 24 hours
Our most affordable option, and significantly lower cost than our most well-known individual tutoring competitors, MyGuru Standard Online MCAT tutoring is uniquely tailored to each student's needs by an instructor with thousands of hours of tutoring experience and provides a .pdf of each lesson's whiteboard notes by email within 24 hours of each session.
- Premium Online | $200 per hour | $900 for 5 hours | $2,100 for 12 hours | $4,000 for 24 hours
Our best value, MyGuru Premium Online MCAT tutoring provides full recording of every session to watch back for up to three months after the final lesson and a private read/write whiteboard where students can demonstrate tactics live in lesson and post questions or comments in between lessons to maintain contact with their instructor. Instructors will check the board at least once a day to respond as warranted.
Our packages are designed with flexibility in mind to facilitate regular lessons of 60, 90 (most common), or 120 minutes depending on student availability and preference. Once a package of time is purchased, the cost for any additional time will remain at the prorated hourly package rate. We also refund unused hours minus a 5% processing fee and consider time unused provided at least 24-hour notice is given prior to a lesson for any reschedule or cancellation request.
Although it isn't recommended for the computer-administrated MCAT exam and lacks the dynamic features of our online tutoring, in-person instruction is available in many major US cities upon request, at the same prices as our Premium Online instruction, pending tutor availability.
Proven MCAT Study Strategies
Preparing for a standardized test such as the MCAT is more similar to preparing for a marathon than cramming for a final exam, so the first step is to commit to 1-2 hours of daily dedicated practice for 3-6 months. The best resources for that practice can be found directly from the MCAT test makers at https://students-residents.aamc.org/prepare-mcat-exam/free-planning-and-study-resources where students can take a free diagnostic exam to determine a baseline MCAT score for immediate reference and pay to gain access to numerous practice problems and exams using the same interface as the official test.
More than any other standardized test, the MCAT requires a litany of technical scientific knowledge. Recalling and applying that textbook content can be supported through a number of instructional resources, and MyGuru tutors are ready and able to help guide students to specific third-party texts that are best suited to their needs and learning styles to avoid wasting time with resources that might not be as helpful. Furthermore, it is imperative that every student take a break between doing and self-reviewing any official AAMC practice or other lessons to avoid simply accepting an answer or an available explanation rather than challenging themselves to determine why their answer was incorrect, while the correct answer was right instead.
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