MCAT 2016 preparation can be both frustrating and nerve-wrecking. The exam is difficult enough, but you also have to be smart in choosing the perfect review materials that will suit you and your learning styles. This list contains 7 of the best MCAT prep books that you can find. Proven and tested, you are sure to be well-prepared on the exam day.
There are two types of books that you need for the review: textbooks and practice problems. If you want to gain more knowledge, then you are better off with the textbook. However, if you are pretty confident with your background knowledge, then focus more with the practice problems to help you with the application and teach you test-taking strategies. Personally, I suggest you get a mix of the books, just to make sure that you cover all your bases.
Easily the best MCAT prep book there is, Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete Set will be able to address you every need for the examination.
With 6 books in the set and 2,400 practice questions, you will be missing nothing. Sure, it is in textbook style but it will also give you access to 3 full-length practice exams online.
The content is of the highest quality and it provides the most relevant information vital for the exam. The illustrations are in full-color and the explanations are easy to understand. Difficulty level is close to the MCAT and there is balance of the topics that needs to be reviewed. It gets a 5/5 rating and high recommendation from us!
Filled with a lot of practice problems, Examkrackers MCAT Study Package Review is highly suited for those who already has a background especially with the sciences. It does skip over some details but it closely resembles the MCAT. It allows you to gain a lot of test-taking strategies and is easy to read and understand.
It has five content review books for Verbal Reasoning, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics with a 30-minute practice problem review for the major chapters.
Rated a 4/5, it is focused and succinct and will definitely be one of the top MCAT prep books this 2016.
Kaplan MCAT Book Review is the second best MCAT prep books of 2016. Written in textbook style, it has seven books in the series: Behavior Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Mat, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
It has updated content, colorful illustrations and easy to understand content. There are up to 200 practice questions scattered throughout the book and gives you access to online resources which contains 3 full-length MCAT practice exams.
With high quality content and high reliability, it gets a 5/5 rating from us. Definitely a must-have!
Examcrackers 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning is one of the best verbal MCAT books. It boasts 12 full-length verbal exams that will help you prepare for the real examination.
Its contents tend to have a high variability, with some questions not like the real MCAT. It can be confusing but it helps one build strategy and gets you ready for whatever the test throws at you. As such, it is especially valuable for self-review.
It gets a 4/5 rating from us and is written in textbook style.
Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Series Review contains a lot of practice problems and high quality explanations. There are four books in the series: Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry and Biology.
A particular problem with the book is the absence of passage-bound questions which comprises the real MCAT. The free-standing questions, however, allows you to increase your knowledge base on the sciences. The topics covered are accurate and shows an understanding of MCAT. It gets a 4/5 rating also.
NextStep Strategy and Practice in Biology and Biochemistry offers reliable practice problems and full-timed section practice. With thorough explanations and easy to understand rationales of the passage and the choices, it is one of the best MCAT prep books for 2016 and gets a 4/5 rating from us.
It is part of the NextStep bundle that offers review in other subject. It also gives you an access to the online diagnostic test. You can gauge your speed while taking the test with the timed sections and you are sure to be prepared for whatever the exam throws at you.
NextStep Psychology and Sociology Strategy and Practice is part of the NextStep Strategy and Practice Bundle for MCAT 2016.
Considered as a top MCAT prep book, it helps you prepare for the part in MCAT which a lot of people may neglect to prepare for. With full-timed sections, practice problems and extensive explanations, there is little that you will find lacking in this review material that gets a 4/5 rating from us.