Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who designed the curriculum?
The entire curriculum has been designed and created by one of the founders who scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT exam. Mcatforme remains dedicated and motivated to providing the best service possible – one that is informative and resourceful.
Q: How come we need two sets of books, one for content review and one for practice problems?
In the Materials Section you will notice that we have some books that are labeled as “Content Review” and some that are “Practice Problems”. The content review books are strictly for learning the material/content. You can think of these as your textbooks in school. However, they don’t have enough practice problems to really master the material. This is why we have books that are designated as “practice problem” books. These books were chosen specifically for the example problems. The EK 1001 series contain no content review. Rather, they are strictly example problems that will help you to master the material. We have found this combination to most effective.
Q: What books did you use to study for the MCAT?
The books that we have in our Materials Section are the books that we actually personally used to study for the MCAT. However, when we studied for the MCAT, we used a couple extra books, from Kaplan, Princeton Review, ExamKrackers and also Barrons. After trying all these books, we only found the ones listed in the Materials Section to be very useful. Therefore, these were the books that we have selected to use for the program, due to their effectiveness and simplicity to teach the material well.
Q: I am using the 3-month program and feel like I have mastered the content, but I need more practice problems to do, what book do you suggest?
One of the best books that we found to helpful to use was Hyperlearning MCAT science workbook by Princeton Review. It has hundreds of free standing questions and passages for every science subject and chapter. It is book that contains no content review, ONLY hundreds of practice problems. However, we didn’t use this book in our 3-month program, for a couple of reasons. The first was because the book is not readily available for sale. It’s an extremely hard book to find online and is not available to purchase directly from the Princeton Review. The second reason is related to this shortage. Because it is so hard to find, the price of the book is very expensive and many students wouldn’t be able to afford it. Therefore, we didn’t use it in our program. However, if you would like more practice, and are able to locate this book, we reccomend this as the #1 Practice Problem resource for the sciences. The book can be found below:
Q: I’ve heard that The Berkeley Review Books are really good, why don’t you use those books?
We definitely have heard the same thing and many of our classmates have used these books as well, with much success. The only reason why we don’t recommend these books is because we don’t own them, nor have we ever used them. So we wouldn’t be able to provide an accurate syllabus for this book. However, if you own these books, have friends who would let you borrow them, or would like to try them, you definitely can do so. Our video lectures are highly dynamic and can be used to accompany any MCAT preparation books. You would still be able to follow our 3-month, 6-month and 9-month schedule, but you would just use TBR passages, questions and readings instead of the books we recommend, which is perfectly ok.
Q: What are some other great pre-med resources?
A great resource out there right now is our friend’s at medicalschoolhq.net. It’s so different from other websites like SDN and other forums, because this is purely content based. It gives advice and info about the premed process and what medicine truly is from doctors who have been through it. One segment of the website that is really cool are their podcasts. Dr. Gray has been interviewing many cool and interesting people about medicine and the premed experience. He has interviews with other doctors, students, deans, admission representatives, and even us! Check them out, if you want knowledge that you can trust.