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MCAT Preparation Resources

The most important thing: take the MCAT when YOU feel you are best prepared. Some applicants study during an off term, some take a 2 course load while studying, some need to take it during an ordinary term. However, keep in mind that MCAT prep requires at least as much time as your most rigorous course has, in terms of time commitment. Students often tell us that they studied approx. 3 hours every day, for 10-12 weeks before an MCAT exam—and also scheduled in time for full, real time practice testing during that time frame. While some students choose to take a course, many students prepare on their own using review materials from their science courses, Khan Academy, MCAT/AAMC and/or some from Kaplan, Princeton etc. More information about these resources below:

AAMC MCAT Materials

You should become familiar with the DETAILS of the MCAT exam well in advance. There are a number of preparation and AAMC practice materials for free or that you can purchase directly from AAMC. These include:

FREE MCAT Materials

 Self-Study Materials

Paid Prep Courses

The following companies charge a significant price for in-person and live online tutoring. Some Dartmouth students choose to take these courses, while those who do not and self-study still do just as well. Before spending costs on a test prep course, evaluate your study strategies and time management skills and be absolutely sure that you either need to enroll in a course or not. While the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program does NOT cover prep courses, most prep companies have some form of fee-assistance. If you feel you might qualify do contact them to learn more!

We do not promote or sponsor any specific prep company, though Kaplan is the company that holds local classes for students on the Dartmouth campus.

Last Updated: 2/13/17