MCAT & Medical School Admissions

Acing General Chemistry on the MCAT

Posted by Mayya Glushankova, Transformation Tutoring on Sun, Jul 01, 2018 @ 09:07 AM

Reviewing and relearning a multitude of topics and subjects for the MCAT is no easy feat for most students. Many find general chemistry especially burdensome since it is usually taken freshman year and well forgotten by the time MCAT preparation comes around. This article explores various tips useful for brushing up on your chemistry knowledge and studying for it as efficiently as possible.

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It's in Your Blood: Understanding Hematology on the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

In our last post on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), we discussed the integration of endocrinology and physics in the cardiovascular system. This month we will dive in further and discuss the hematologic system that drives the cardiovascular system and how to apply concepts from genetics and chemistry.

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Don't Go Breaking My Heart: Cardiology on the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Fri, May 25, 2018 @ 09:05 AM

Cardiology is typically a favorite topic for most students. The heart is one of the most revered organs and the majority of students are taught baseline information about the heart during their primary school education. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) also loves the cardiovascular system and often tests students’ knowledge of it in the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  Additionally, this cardio knowledge will serve you well as a future medical student since cardiology tends to be one of the most difficult courses. This article will discuss the cardiology content on the MCAT, interdisciplinary connections for this content, as well as some tricks and tips on how to maximize cardiology questions in the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section on the MCAT.

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What Exactly is a Nephron?: A Guide to Physiology on the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 08:04 AM

 

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Should I Retake the MCAT?

Posted by Jordan Salley on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 08:02 AM

Application season is quickly approaching, which means that Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score reports from last year and this winter break are beginning to be released. While some students will achieve their target scores, others may fall just short of their goals. Many students are then faced with the question of, “Should I retake my MCAT?” This prompts a myriad of other questions along with it. Below we’ll discuss when you should consider signing up for a retake and what to consider if you decide to take the test again.

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E=MC2: Why Equations are Relative[ly] Important for Scoring High on the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is conceptually one of the most difficult sections of the exam. With 59 questions in a 95-minute span, it integrates and tests dense subjects such as biochemistry, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. This section not only requires a conceptual understanding of these topics, but also tests the student’s ability to interpret, analyze, and calculate the answer to complex problems. Because of this, it is vital that students know many equations cold prior to entering the test. Here we will provide you with recommendations for creating equation sheets and methods for memorizing them.  

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‘That Rings a Bell’: How to Study for the Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of the Behavior Section of the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

The Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section was newly introduced to the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT) in 2015. It was implemented to emphasize the importance of social science skills in medicine and foster the growth of social and cultural competence in future physicians. This section integrates and tests psychology, sociology, and biology concepts while utilizing statistical models. Arguably, this portion of the MCAT requires a heavier burden of memorization of facts, models, and theories than other sections. However, in some ways this allows students to see a greater score increase on this section based primarily on the time dedicated to this section. Below, we will discuss how to approach studying for this section of the MCAT and techniques to improve your score.

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Do I Really Need to Know the Kreb's Cycle?

Posted by Jordan Salley on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 07:10 AM

Since the introduction of the biochemistry section to the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), premedical students across the country have bemoaned its addition to the exam. As a first-year medical student who just finished my biochemistry block, I am coming to realize the importance of learning the Kreb’s cycle and other seemingly arbitrary facts. This article is intended to provide tips and tricks on how to learn and memorize some of the more complex portions of the biochemistry section of the MCAT. I also hope to provide some clinical relevance to help motivate you in studying this dense material.

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A Guide to Reviewing MCAT Practice Exams

Posted by Jordan Salley on Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 15:06 PM

When studying for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), most students tend to focus on studying through content review and reading preparation books. However, an essential method for preparing for this exam is taking numerous practice tests to prepare for the format as well as the arduous length of the exam. A critical portion of this practice is to effectively review exams in order to assess strengths and weaknesses in both content and testing strategies. Below we will discuss tips to optimizing your practice exams and strategies for reviewing them.

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6 Common Questions on the CARS section of the MCAT

Posted by Jordan Salley on Fri, May 19, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Daily, physicians face challenges to apply, analyze, and communicate scientific and medical information. The ability to communicate and analyze is a softer skill that is difficult to develop compared to the effort it takes to memorize something like the Krebs’s cycle. This vital skill set has become emphasized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) through the production of the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section (CARS) on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). CARS is the section that most premedical students struggle with and requires the most time to build skills. Identifying question types on your exam will allow you to establish patterns of performance and test trends. Below we will discuss the six most common types of questions you will encounter on the CARS section and how to best approach them.

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