Mcatforme http://www.mcatforme.com Free MCAT prep Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:50:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Why Do So Many Students Struggle with Critical Reading?http://www.mcatforme.com/academics/many-students-struggle-critical-reading http://www.mcatforme.com/academics/many-students-struggle-critical-reading#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:43:00 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=6102 Why do so many students struggle with the reading sections of standardized examinations? And almost all of them [standardized exams] do have such sections; the MCAT has the Verbal Reasoning section; the DAT has the Reading Comprehension section; the GMAT has the Verbal Section (which consists of Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Sentence Correction); and […]

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Why do so many students struggle with the reading sections of standardized examinations? And almost all of them [standardized exams] do have such sections; the MCAT has the Verbal Reasoning section; the DAT has the Reading Comprehension section; the GMAT has the Verbal Section (which consists of Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, and Sentence Correction); and the SAT has the Critical Reading section. Why do the creators of these exams include such sections? And what does it mean to read critically?

critical thinkingFirst let’s define what non-critical reading is: it is simply reading to learn a fact or an accepted interpretation of something (whether it be a theorem or an event). For example, a biology student opens his textbook to memorize the process of Glycolysis. There is no interpretation of the author’s perspective on the subject – the student simply accepts what the author has written, memorizes it, and recalls the same perspective when he needs to.

So then, it would follow that critical reading is when you not only read something, but you analyze it’s [the author’s] perspective, how that perspective was portrayed, whether there is supportive evidence, and the meaning. For example, a student reads an article in the Science Journal in which the author says that HIV is ‘no longer a devastating disease.’ The student asks himself [as he reads] the following questions:

– What is the author’s purpose by making this statement?

– What examples or statistics does he use to support this statement.

– What is his tone and what persuasive elements does he use to get his point of view across?

– Is there any bias?

By asking these analytical questions, the student is able to decipher the meaning of the whole passage and to use that information to answer any questions which ask for inferring based on the evidence within the passage.

So, you can see why critical reading would be such an important skill in any field. In medicine and dentistry you are presented with vast amounts of information on a daily basis that you must be able to critically read and think about quickly; same thing in business or law. This is why all the standardized exams test students on it.

But, the main question is: Why do so many students struggle on these sections?

I think that there are a few reasons for this:

– Most students in our educational system are simply exposed to mainly text books as reading material. Text books are hard to critically read, since almost everything they present is an accepted interpretation or fact. All a student has to do is memorize

– Most students who don’t get exposure to literature, arts, philosophy, humanities, and the social sciences have little interest in reading such material. These are the vast majority of the students who are in pre-medical or pre-dental majors. They can usually ace the science sections of the exams, but panic when they see the reading sections.

– The abstract terminology and convoluted sentence structure in reading material, from the above mentioned fields, is a huge turn-off to students. Indeed, it’s frustrating to read a sentence and then not have a clue about what it means.

critical thinking-textbookSo, how do we help students who want to ace these sections of the standardized exams? The best way is the old “tried, tested, and true” method: practice, practice, and practice some more! When I have students who are weak in this area (which is almost always), I give them a strategy to attack the passage – which I have outlined for the MCAT (a similar strategy can be used for any exam). Then I tell them to practice every single day – it’s like training a muscle – you have to get your mind to critically read all the time. I call it, “staying in the zone” for critical reading. Become familiar with the type of reading material you don’t like the most – the abstract material. My students usually realize that the material isn’t so bad and with practice their scores on these sections, increase dramatically.

This article was written by Ms. Mody of Exammasters. Check their site out for some more great MCAT tips. If you liked this type of article, let us know!

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Bookhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-physics-book http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-physics-book#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:44:33 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=8324 The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book Review The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book is one of the best physics MCAT book in the market today that you could purchase and make use of as a training tool for the MCAT. This physics MCAT book provides its user with several practice problems. Each passage has been thoroughly explained […]

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book Review

The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book is one of the best physics MCAT book in the market today that you could purchase and make use of as a training tool for the MCAT.

This physics MCAT book provides its user with several practice problems. Each passage has been thoroughly explained to make sure that students really comprehend each Physics topics and concepts.

With the number of practice problems and the thorough explanations that they have provided for each passage, this book is definitely worth the $104 price.

Pros

  1. The practice problems are very difficult but this only helps students prepare for the actual MCAT exam
  2. Thorough and good explanations for each passages
  3. It covers many important Physics concepts and topics

Cons

  1. The book is not readily available in the market. Often you can only find this book on the Berkeley site (www.berkeley-review.com). Another thing, if you purchase on their website, you must order it 2-3 months in advanced. When you buy on amazon, quantity is limited and often you will find only used copies.
  2. Passages are too detailed than the actual MCAT
  3. A few needless contents that you will be forced to read.

Book Details:

Physics MCAT Book

ASIN: B00BJN8VTO

Effectiveness/Quality:

In terms of quality, this physics MCAT book is undeniably a good source of information and a great tool to prepare for the actual MCAT.

Reliability:

The practice problems, even though longer compared to the actual MCAT, are the most similar to the real mcat in comparison to the other books.

Value:

The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book is a bit expensive but considering the number of practice questions and the thorough explanation of the passages, the book is certainly worth it.

Availability:

When in comes to availability, it is a bit hard to get a copy since it takes 2-3 months to have the book shipped to your address. That is when you bought it from the Berkeley review site. Amazon sells some used books for a cheaper price so make sure to visit the site and search for this Physics MCAT book.

Conclusion:

The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book provides lots of practice problems and covers several Physics topics and concepts. Every students who will take MCAT should have this if they want to score high on their MCAT.

 

 


The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book

Review Summary:

With the number of practice problems and in-depth explanations, The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Book is a must-have for every students looking for physics MCAT books.

Rated: #3 - in Physics MCAT Books


 

The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is part of our Best Physics MCAT Books. See where it stacks up!


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Princeton Review MCAT Physics Review 2015$32Our Review | More Info

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Kaplan MCAT Physics Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

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Examkrackers MCAT Physics$29best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics$20best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Bookhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-organic-chemistry-book http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-organic-chemistry-book#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:44:36 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=8320 The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book Review The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book is amongst the best organic chemistry mcat book that you could buy and use as a training material for MCAT. The passages and the explanations for each question are very thorough. However due to its in-depth explanation, some may find the passages […]

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book Review

The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book is amongst the best organic chemistry mcat book that you could buy and use as a training material for MCAT.

The passages and the explanations for each question are very thorough. However due to its in-depth explanation, some may find the passages very lengthy as compared to the actual MCAT exam. But keep in mind that they wrote it that way just to make sure that you will understand each topic very well.

Pros

  1. The passages are very similar to the MCAT exam
  2. In-depth and great explanations for each passages
  3. A great tool that you can use to prepare for the MCAT

Cons

  1. Similar with the other Berkeley book, this too is not readily available. They primarily sell on Berkeley site (www.berkeley-review.com). Their website lacks an online checkout. Also if you buy on their website, you must buy books 2-3 months in advanced. When you buy on amazon, quantity is limited and often you will find only used copies.
  2. Most students find their books too detailed than the actual MCAT
  3. There may be some needless content that you will be forced to read.

Book Details:

Organic Chemistry MCAT book

ASIN: B008D6LNMW

Effectiveness/Quality:

This Organic Chemistry MCAT book is undeniably one great source of information for Organic Chemistry topics as well as concepts. Explanations are very-well explained and most passages are very difficult. The difficulty of the questions however provides each user with in-depth explanations — certainly a great help during the actual MCAT exam.

Reliability:

The passages on this book, though too long, is very indicative of the actual MCAT exam.

Value:

The Berkeley Review Organic Chemistry MCAT Book, due to the number of passages, practice problems as well as the thorough explanations that it provides, buying this is absolutely worth it.

Availability:

Many students would find it very hard to get a copy of this book. If you wanted to purchase the book at the Berkeley review site (http://www.berkeley-review.com), you have to wait for 2-3 months long. So make sure to order in advance or check Amazon.com for any available copies.

Conclusion:

The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book is without a doubt a great source of organic chemistry topics and concepts. Considering the number of practice problems and the way they provide the answer to each passage, this is certainly a must-have for every med students who are preparing for the MCAT. One thing that you should be aware of is that it is very hard to buy this book. If you buy on their site, you need to wait for 2 or more months before you receive it. In Amazon.com, on the other hand, you will mostly find used items only but for a cheaper price.

 

 


The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book

Review Summary:

With the number of practice problems and in-depth explanations, The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Book is certainly a must-have for every students searching for organic chemistry MCAT books.

Rated: #4 - in Organic Best Chemistry MCAT Books


 

The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is part of our Best Organic Chemistry MCAT Books. See where it stacks up!


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Princeton Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Review 2015$31Our Review | More Info

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Kaplan MCAT Organic Chemistry Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

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Examkrackers MCAT Organic Chemistry$27best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Organic Chemistry Review$350 for full 10 book setbest 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Organic Chemistry$29best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Bookhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-chemistry-book http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-chemistry-book#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:44:39 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=7690 The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book Review The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is a one of the best chemistry mcat book that students should read to prepare for the MCAT. The passages are very in-depth and thorough. Some may find the explanation very long but this serves as a great training for the actual MCAT examination. […]

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book Review

The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is a one of the best chemistry mcat book that students should read to prepare for the MCAT.

The passages are very in-depth and thorough. Some may find the explanation very long but this serves as a great training for the actual MCAT examination.

Pros

  1. It contains great practice problems. Very similar to the actual MCAT exam
  2. Has thorough and great explanations
  3. One of the best MCAT preparation books

Cons

  1. Not readily available. Their review books are sold on Berkeley site (www.berkeley-review.com) which is very dated. Ordering system is primitive. Their website lacks an online checkout. You must purchase their books 2-3 months in advanced if you buy on their website. On amazon, quantity is very limited and you only will find used copies.
  2. The content can be too much in depth. Most students have complained that their books are too detailed than the actual MCAT.
  3. This book may force you to study needless content.

Book Details:

chemistry MCAT Book

ASIN: B00BJN9PTE

Edition: 12th (2012)

Effectiveness/Quality:

This Chemistry MCAT book is without a doubt a good source of information for Chemistry topics and concepts. Several users have noticed that the passages were lengthy so if you are planning to buy this, expect to spend more time on reading the lengthy explanations.

Reliability:

Students could use this chemistry MCAT book because it provides important chemistry facts and covers several topics and concepts. However we recommend this science workbook over this for chemistry.

Value:

Because of the several practice problems and the in depth explanations that it provides for each passage, The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is absolutely worth it.

Availability:

Even if this is considered as a great chemistry MCAT book, lots of students would find it hard to grab a copy. For those who wanted to purchase the book should be aware that Berkeley review books are mainly sold on their review site (http://www.berkeley-review.com). Moreover you have to wait 2-3 months before you receive your copy. There is also a few used copies on Amazon.com so be sure to visit the site too.

Conclusion:

Although we recommend the science workbook over this Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book, we must still say that this is a great book. It offers some great practice problems that are very helpful when taking the real MCAT. But if you do choose to get a copy of this book,  prepare early and purchase the book in advanced.

 

 


The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book

Review Summary:

The Berkeley Review MCAT chemistry Book is one of the chemistry MCAT books that students should consider to use. Covering vital chemistry concepts, this book is definitely a must-have.

Rated: #3 - in Best Chemistry MCAT Books


 

The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Book is part of our Best Chemistry MCAT Books. See where it stacks up!


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Princeton Review MCAT General Chemistry Review 2015$32Our Review | More Info

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Kaplan MCAT Chemistry Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

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Examkrackers MCAT Chemistry$24best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry$17best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Bookhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-biology-book http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/the-berkeley-review-mcat-biology-book#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:18:05 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=7681 The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 Review The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book (Part 1 & 2) is a one of the best biology mcat book that you should consider reading as a preparation for the MCAT. The book is very detailed and can certainly provide you with vital information like […]

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 Review

The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book (Part 1 & 2) is a one of the best biology mcat book that you should consider reading as a preparation for the MCAT.

The book is very detailed and can certainly provide you with vital information like topics on physiology, molecular and cell biology. Many may find the passages too detailed and lengthy. But the thorough information provided on the book is really a great help on the actual MCAT questions which are considerably shorter and easier.

Pros

  1. Great practice problems, very indicative of the actual exam
  2. Very in depth and thorough, with great explanations
  3. Has been known to be one of the best MCAT preparation books
  4. Practice problems are the most similar to the real MCAT in comparison to any other book

Cons

  1. Not readily available. Berkeley review books are sold primarily on the Berkeley review site (http://www.berkeley-review.com) which is very dated and the ordering system is prehistoric. Their website don’t even have an online checkout, therefore you must purchase books 2-3 months in advanced if you buy on their website. On amazon, quantity is limited and generally you only will find used copies
  2. Content review (actual text) can be too much in depth, students have complained that their books are far too detailed than the actual MCAT requires
  3. This can make you overthink your knowledge and force you to study unnecessary content

Book Details:

best biology mcat book

ASIN: B0042ULXCS

Effectiveness/Quality:

When it comes to effectiveness, we see this as one of the best biology MCAT book because it doesn’t fail to provide its readers with detailed explanations on various biology concepts. Though some may find the passages too lengthy, it just proves that they spend lots of time explaining the rational for you — making sure that you absolutely get the reason why you missed a question (or why you got it right).

Reliability:

We could say that this is one of the best biology MCAT book available in the market. The practice problems are really similar to the actual MCAT.  Although the passages were lengthy, this certainly helps in preparing you for your MCAT exam.

Value:

Taking into account the quantity of practice problems and the explanations that it provides for each passage, The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 book is certainly worth it.

Availability:

Unfortunately, even if this is considered as one of the best biology MCAT book today, many would find it hard to get a copy because it is not readily available on the market. Those who wanted to buy this should be aware that Berkeley review books are mainly sold on their review site (http://www.berkeley-review.com) and the you have to wait 2-3 months before you could get your hands on this book. There are also some copies, both new and used, on Amazon.com so be sure to check the site too.

Conclusion:

The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 is great book with some great practice problems that you definitely should buy with confidence, however if you do choose to buy this book, definitely prepare early and buy the book well in advanced.

 

 


The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2

Review Summary:

The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 is one of the best MCAT Biology books. Covering crucial biology topics and concepts, this review book is a must for students wanting to score high on their MCAT exam.

Rated: #3 - in Best Biology MCAT Books


 

The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Book Part 1 & 2 is part of our Best Biology MCAT Books. See where it stacks up!


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Princeton Review MCAT Biology and Biochemistry Review 2015$36Our Review | More Info

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Kaplan MCAT Biology Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

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The Berkeley Review MCAT Biology Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

4.

Examkrackers MCAT Biology$36best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Biology$23best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Best MCAT Chemistry Bookhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/kaplan-mcat-general-chemistry-review-best-mcat-chemistry-book-2015 http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/kaplan-mcat-general-chemistry-review-best-mcat-chemistry-book-2015#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 05:16:01 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=7670 Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Best MCAT Chemistry Book 2015 With the health care system rapidly changing and recent advances in research and technology in various fields of medical science, inevitably, there will be a much bigger demand for highly competent physicians. Thus, the new MCAT 2015 has been redesigned to help prepare aspiring doctors for […]

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Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Best MCAT Chemistry Book 2015

With the health care system rapidly changing and recent advances in research and technology in various fields of medical science, inevitably, there will be a much bigger demand for highly competent physicians. Thus, the new MCAT 2015 has been redesigned to help prepare aspiring doctors for these changes and challenges. However, another unavoidable question still stands: How can you better prepare for the MCAT exam? — You have several options, either take a review course, such as those at Kaplan or opt for a rather less expensive means of preparing for the big test day, which is to study on your own. Regardless of which path you take, this would require a good resource that supplements your learning.

According to the AAMC, changes in the MCAT 2015 exam include Natural Sciences to reflect the recent changes in medical education. Reviewing and completing practice tests in Chemistry, being one of the major branches of natural science, is a great way to start. Surely, you are wondering what is the best MCAT Chemistry book to start with. For this, the Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Created for MCAT 2015 is the highly recommended choice.

This book is part of Kaplan MCAT Complete Book Series, a 7-book series that also includes review lessons on Behavior Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Math, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. This series is ranked a very close second to The Princeton Review Comprehensive Series, for the reason that they give more content review and provides more details on what you need to know about the MCAT exam. Nonetheless, Kaplan provides more practice test materials that are easier, but a bit more intuitively designed to make more sense than others. If you are looking at taking the test in January of 2015, this book set definitely has all the elements required in a review course in full swing. But if you opt to take it one step at a time, Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review should give you a good head start.

Why Kaplan?

With years of experience, there is no doubt in Kaplan’s expertise and strategies that transcend lecture type review classes, which are clearly transcribed into their book series offerings. Several aspiring doctors who studied Kaplan review books can attest that Kaplan outshines other reviewers in the Sciences field. Thus, you can never go wrong with MCAT General Chemistry Review.

What’s new?

If you loved the Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review Notes, then you’ll surely find this newer version of the Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review more enticing to read. It is packed with more practice problems than before, dozens of images in full color as well as 3D illustrations, charts, graphs and diagrams. It has been updated to be at par with the new MCAT 2015 exam platform, plus you get an extra biochemistry section that was not in the previous release.

Pros

  1. Great content with additional Practice Tests
  2. Additional Sections for more comprehensive review
  3. High quality images and charts
  4. Online material access

Cons

  1. No major downfalls

Book Details:

Best MCAT Chemistry Book: Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review - Created for MCAT 2015

ISBN: 978-1618656551

Edition: 2014

Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review is a content review that contains a more enriched collection of practice problems found after each chapter. It also has, but not limited to, the following inclusions:

  1. MCAT Expertise and Key concept highlights
  2. Real world applications
  3. Concept summaries and checks
  4. Highlights on Equations to remember and shared concepts
  5. Explanations to practice questions

Effectiveness/Quality

This is the best MCAT Chemistry book you can find. Similar to other Kaplan review books, it has just about the perfect amount of detail you need. It is exceptionally designed both in style and content, and well organized with high quality but simple diagrams and charts that are so much easier to understand, and easy to follow examples that are truly useful materials in prep for the MCAT.

Additionally, Kaplan offers a plethora of practice materials, such as sections test and full length practice tests that you can avail online when you purchase the full 7-book series.

Reliability

Questions are precisely and exactly similar to the real MCAT. The practice exams in this book, in addition to the online practice tests, are excellent practice for timing, which is very important when taking the test. Additionally, Kaplan gives you a money-back guarantee if you do not score higher than your diagnostic exam.

Value

Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review is an exceptional. For only $30.70, you get access to various MCAT review materials. But if you choose to spend on good investment, spend it on Kaplan’s MCAT Complete Book Series. In a nutshell, you are getting more than what you paid for.

Availability

The book series is available on the Kaplan website at $44.99 and ships within one business day. However, Amazon offers a much better deal at $30.70 a piece. To save about $100, you can purchase the 7-book series (Kaplan MCAT Complete Book Series) on Amazon to take advantage of Kaplan’s online materials!

Conclusion

For MCAT Chemistry books, Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review is a really great book to start with. It is comprehensive but not extremely detailed like other books such as Princeton or Barron’s. It is significantly easier to read, which is very important, especially when you have been studying for a test for so long.

This book, like most Kaplan books, has a good knowledge base and is best for basic review. It has more practice materials than you would never need, especially if you get the 7-book set. Nonetheless, it is best to have all these practice tests at hand and leverage Kaplan’s wealth of subject tests, practice test and full length test to ace your way through the MCAT exam. After all, practice makes perfect!

 


Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Created for MCAT 2015

Review Summary:

With the recent changes in the MCAT 2015 exam, this Kaplan MCAT General Chemistry Review: Created for MCAT 2015 book is the best MCAT Chemistry book to start with. Having great content with several practice tests, this book will surely provide great help to those students aiming to score high on their MCAT exam.

Rated: #2 in Best MCAT Chemistry Books


 

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1.

Princeton Review MCAT General Chemistry Review 2015$32Our Review | More Info

2.

Kaplan MCAT Chemistry Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

3.

The Berkeley Review MCAT Chemistry Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

4.

Examkrackers MCAT Chemistry$24best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry$17best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Sterling MCAT Practice Tests – Biological & Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations Reviewhttp://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/sterling-mcat-practice-tests-biological-biochemical-chemical-physical-foundations-review http://www.mcatforme.com/reviews/sterling-mcat-practice-tests-biological-biochemical-chemical-physical-foundations-review#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:34:56 +0000 http://www.mcatforme.com/?p=7372 Sterling MCAT Practice Tests Book Review The Sterling MCAT Practice Tests – Biological and Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations is a great MCAT practice exam book for those who are searching for MCAT books with extra practice problems. It contains questions about biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physics and general chemistry. Another good thing about […]

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Sterling MCAT Practice Tests Book Review

The Sterling MCAT Practice Tests – Biological and Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations is a great MCAT practice exam book for those who are searching for MCAT books with extra practice problems. It contains questions about biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physics and general chemistry.

Another good thing about this book is that it provides its users with an MCAT-style test format. Each question provides comprehensive explanations that would help in further understanding the subject. Every answer is explained as to why it is the correct one and why all the other possible answer is incorrect. The provided explanation would greatly help the student to properly analyze the problem and other important concepts about the topic.

For less than $50, this is a great source for those who wanted to score high on their MCAT.

Pros

  1. It presents the material in an MCAT-style test format
  2. It contains extra practice problems
  3. Detailed explanation as to why the provided answer is correct

Cons

  1. A bit expensive
  2. The passages are longer than what you would see on the MCAT
  3. The book contains a few typographical errors and poor sentence construction
  4. Amazon Reviews are supposedly fabricated/bought - which is concerning

Book Details:

Sterling MCAT Practice Tests - Biological & Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations

ISBN: 978-0989292511

Edition: Updated for the 2015 exam

Effectiveness/Quality:

The book is really effective when it comes to providing its users with detailed explanations on each practice questions. It includes the basics and other vital science topics that are necessary on answering other relevant questions on MCAT. Additionally, the explanations for the answer choices are quite thorough. They definitely do spend the time to explain the rational for you and make sure you really understand why you missed a question (or got it right).

However, those who will buy the book should expect grammar and typographical errors.

Reliability:

This Sterling MCAT Practice Tests book provides good explanations on possible questions that you would see on MCAT. Though most of the passages in this book are long, it is somehow similar to what you would see on the actual exam.

Value:

Considering the number of questions and the topics that it covers, this Sterling MCAT Practice Tests book is certainly worth it.

Availability:

The book is readily available on Amazon.com. You will also have an option to buy used copies at a cheaper price.

Conclusion:

After considering everything, we recommend this book especially to those who are looking for MCAT practice tests book that offers extra practice problems. However, be aware that this is not 100% representative of the exam.

One thing to mention that needs to be said is that the ratings on amazon are quite high (and this is for all sterling MCAT books). While the book is of good quality, it needs to be mentioned that it isn’t as perfect as the reviews make it out to be. Many reviewers have noted that the 5/5 star reviews seem fake or bought, which may definitely be the case. However, we still believe that if you’re in need of extra problems or practice problems, this book would be a very good match. While we don’t rank it as our best book for MCAT practice tests, we still do stand by it as being a quality book.

 


Sterling MCAT 2015 Practice Tests - Biological & Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations

Review Summary:

The Sterling MCAT 2015 Practice Tests - Biological & Biochemical + Chemical & Physical Foundations is one of the best MCAT practice test books. It covers vital scientific concepts and topics needed by students aiming to score high on MCAT.

Rated: #5 in Best MCAT Practice Exam Books


 

The Sterling MCAT Practice Test Book is part of our Best MCAT Practice Test Books. See where it stacks up!


Ranking
Book
Price
Rating
Review

1.

AAMC Practice MCAT Exams$35 eachOur Review | More Info

2.

Gold Standard MCAT Practice Exams$150 for 10 testsOur Review | More Info

3.

Princeton Review MCAT Practice Tests (Free Options)3 FreeOur Review | More Info

4.

Kaplan MCAT Practice Tests 3 FreeOur Review | More Info

5.

Sterling Test Prep - MCAT Prep Practice Tests$29best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete Set: New for MCAT 2015 Review

The Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete set is our #1 choice for Comprehensive MCAT 2015 Books. With over 2400 practice questions and 6 books to guide you through every subject of the new 2015 MCAT exam, you will get the best preparation for this grueling exam.

While it was a close race between the Kaplan 2015 MCAT series and the Princeton Review series, ultimately Princeton Review prevailed.

Why?

Well it wasn’t a land slide, that’s for sure, and you can read what we had to say about the Kaplan books here, but the Princeton Review books came on top due to the quality and similarity of the content review. Princeton Review has been known for providing only the most relevant information that you need to know for the MCAT, without skimping on explaining major concepts.

In our opinion, Kaplan, and some of the other major test prep companies lack in that regard. Therefore, Princeton Review was the all around winner and has been integrated throughout our all of our free MCAT courses.

What’s New in the new version?

The new 2015 MCAT exam brings 3 new additions to the old MCAT: Psychology, Social and Biochemistry. Therefore, in the revised 2015 Princeton Review MCAT Book Series, students gain access to a whole new book and a biochemistry addition to the biology book.

Additionally, students will also gain access to 3 full length practice exams that have been designed specifically for the 2015 MCAT exam.

Pros

  1. Great content
  2. Highly Quality, with great illustrations
  3. 3 practice tests online + online material access
  4. Tons of practice questions
  5. Perfect balance of content review

Cons

  1. No major downsides

Book Details:

ISBN: 978080412638

Edition: 2014

The book is a total of 2600 pages, and covers topics in every single subject of the MCAT exam. Additionally, there are over 2400 practice questions to accompany the 6 MCAT Books. The specific books that are included in the series are:

  1. MCAT Biology and Biochemistry Review
  2. MCAT General Chemistry Review
  3. MCAT Organic Chemistry Review
  4. MCAT Physics and Math Review
  5. MCAT Physics and Math Review
  6. MCAT Psychology and Sociology Review
  7. MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review

In addition to the actual exams, students gain access to 3 full length practice exams online. However, each book only has one access code, therefore it is important to purchase a new book to ensure access.

Effectiveness/Quality:

Like all Princeton Review books, countless hours and revisions have been made to make this the most comprehensive and high quality MCAT review book. With great illustrations, clear explanations, and tidbits of strategy to give you the edge you need for the MCAT exam.

Reliability (Similarity to the real MCAT):

The book itself is spot on in terms of the difficulty and similarity to the MCAT. In my opinion, Princeton Review does the best job of teaching the exact amount of content students need to succeed on the MCAT. No less and No more. Kaplan and Examkracker books tend to gloss over some of the details, while Berkeley Review tends to go into a bit too much detail.

Additionally, the practice problems and examples are great. Each question has been handpicked to give you high quality review and very detailed explanations.

The only issue that I see with this book series is that students tend to mention the excess difficulty in practice exams. While this may be true, practice exams should never be used to measure your score, but rather to showcase the various types of questions and areas you need improvement. Therefore, I personally suggest my students to take harder rather than easier exams whenever possible.

Value:

At $125, this is the best deal for any comprehensive MCAT book series that you will get. For just over $20 per book, and a handful of questions to practice from, you will get an extremely comprehensive review and be prepared for the MCAT exam.

Availability:

The Princeton Review Complete MCAT 2015 books are available on the Princeton Review website and on Amazon for about $100 cheaper. The books can either be purchased individually or as a complete series. However, be sure to at least purchase one book in a new condition, to ensure you gain access to the online practice exams.

Conclusion:

All in all, the Princeton Review made an excellent book with their comprehensive 2015 MCAT exam series. The quality is top notch and the bonus features in the new books are a great enhancement. We are confident to name this series the best MCAT book on the market and an extremely good value.

 


Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete Set: New for MCAT 2015

Review Summary:

The Princeton Review Complete 6 Book MCAT Series is the best books for the 2015 MCAT exam. With an amazing new design, you can’t go wrong with Princeton Review's new book series.

Rated: #1 in Best 2015 MCAT Books, #1 in Best MCAT Books Overall


 

The Kaplan MCAT Complete 7 Book Subject Review Books are part of our Best 2015 MCAT Book Review. See where it stacks up!


Ranking
Book
Price
Rating
Review

1.

Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete Set: New for MCAT 2015$125best mcat books, best 2015 mcat bookOur Review | More Info

2.

Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review: Created for MCAT 2015$150best mcat books, best 2015 mcat bookOur Review | More Info

3.

The Gold Standard Textbook 2015$89best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

4.

Examkrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning$23best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

5.

Princeton Review Complete MCAT 2015$67best mcat books for 2015Our Review | More Info

 

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Examkrackers MCAT Physics Review Book Review

The Examkrackers MCAT Physics Review book is a part of a 5 book series and is a content review book designed to give you the necessary knowledge for the physics section of the MCAT.

The book itself has 8 chapters that cover the various subjects in the physics section of the MCAT. And while it is designed to be a content review book, there are quite a few practice problems scattered throughout the book. After each chapter, there is a 30 minute practice test, along with detailed examples and practice problems throughout the entire book.

This book is great for content review, however it is primarily designed for those students with a fairly strong science background. The reason being is that Examkrackers books tend to gloss over details quite quickly. They don’t spend a great deal of time on any one topic. Therefore, it is important for students to understand that the Examkrackers series is primarily designed for those with a fairly good understand of MCAT Physics.

On the plus side, the Examkrackers physics book contains tons of examples and helps to build test taking strategies.

Pros

  1. Great problems
  2. Good test taking strategy tips

Cons

  1. Not very detailed – doesn’t explain very much

Book Details:

ISBN: 9781893858633

Edition: 2013

The Examkrackers physics review book was originally designed for purchase as a set, however individual copies can be purchased.

Conclusion:

All in all, the Examkrackers Physics book is a great review book for those students with a fairly good science and physics background.


Examkrackers MCAT Physics Review Book

Review Summary:

The Examkrackers MCAT Physics Review book is a great content review book for the physics section of the MCAT.

Rated: #4 in Best Physics MCAT Books


 

The Examkrackers MCAT Physics Review Book is a part of our Best MCAT Physics Books Review. See where it stacks up!

Ranking
Book
Price
Rating
Review

1.

Princeton Review MCAT Physics Review 2015$32Our Review | More Info

2.

Kaplan MCAT Physics Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

3.

The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

4.

Examkrackers MCAT Physics$29best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

5.

Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics$20best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

 

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What are the Best MCAT Physics Books?

In this post you’ll learn which MCAT Books are the Best MCAT Physics Books that were ever made. If you’re in the need for more practice problems for the Physics section of the MCAT, then this one’s for you.

We went through literally every MCAT book that we know of and reviewed and ranked them, every single one of them. And you can find that directory here! However, in this post, we’ll just be looking at the Best MCAT Physics Books.

So let’s get to it! Below you’ll find a complete ranking of the best MCAT books we found. If there’s any book you don’t see here that you would like to know more about, let us know!

We’ll talk briefly about the books here, but if you’d like a more detailed review of the specific book, just click the “Our Review” on the far right column of the table.

Ranking
Book
Price
Rating
Review

1.

Princeton Review MCAT Physics Review 2015$32Our Review | More Info

2.

Kaplan MCAT Physics Review 2015 MCAT$150 for full 7 book setOur Review | More Info

3.

The Berkeley Review MCAT Physics Review$350 for full 10 book setOur Review | More Info

4.

Examkrackers MCAT Physics$29best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

5.

Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics$20best 2015 mcat books, best mcat book 2015Our Review | More Info

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