MCAT Preparation Resources

It is important to take the MCAT when YOU feel you are best prepared. Keep in mind that MCAT preparation requires at least as much time as your most rigorous course, in terms of time commitment. Students often tell us that they studied approximately 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. Some Dartmouth students study during an off-term, along with an internship or job (one that is usually less than full-time). Some study during an on-term, often with a 2-course load. While some students choose to take a prep course, many students prepare on their own using review materials from their science courses, Khan Academy, MCAT/AAMC, and/or some form 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:

  • "What's on the MCAT Exam" section. There is a great deal of detail there for you. Click all the way through to see the competencies that will be tested. Look specifically at the "Section Content" PDFs under each section for a comprehensive list of things you should review.
  • Official AAMC MCAT Prep Hub/Store: You can purchase items straight from AAMC and you will have access to these materials in your personal "hub." Items for purchase include full-length practice exams, question banks, and flashcards. These items will most reflect the actual exam. If you have applied for the Fee Assistance Program, many of these resources will be provided to you for free.
  • MCAT Sample Question Guide: Contains 12 MCAT questions—three questions in each of the four sections of the MCAT exam—to provide examples of the types of questions you will see on test day.
  • Roadmap to MCAT Content in Sociology and Psychology Textbooks (FREE): The AAMC reached out to publishers of introductory psychology and sociology textbooks for detailed information on where to find the concepts that you'll need for the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the MCAT exam.
  • How to Create a Study Plan: Everyone's study plan will look different. Here are some suggestions from the AAMC. As mentioned above, Dartmouth students spend, on average, 10-12 weeks studying.


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.