Re: Anyone plan to apply for Case Western AA program? Archived Message
Posted by Nova-AA on December 5, 2009, 3:53 pm, in reply to "Re: Anyone plan to apply for Case Western AA program?"
I applied to Case and Nova. I interviewed early at Nova, was accepted there, and will be going there. |
RESEARCH!!! RESEARCH!!! RESEARCH!!! The type of prep you need depends on you. The first thing you probably want to do is to go to the AAMC website to purchase a practice MCAT test. Take this and see how you do. Your score will determine how long you need to study. If you already have all the MCAT "pre-req" courses done, and you have taken them fairly recently, you may only need a month or two to study.
The MCAT isn't necessarily about how much you know, but rather how you process the information. However, the more science you know, the easier it will be to process the information. Taking the MCAT is like preparing for a sports event, you must practice a lot(unless you do great on your first try, then go ahead and take all the AAMC practice tests until you are ready to take the real deal...if you do fine on all sections except one, then just study on the section you are struggling on).
When I was in undergrad, I signed up for a Kaplan class, which also came with the online component. I went to the first 4 classes and never went back. I just did everthing online, where you can go at your own pace and go over the pre-recorded lectures all you want. I also bought Exam Krackers MCAT audio osmosis, the Exam Krackers Verbal Reasoning practice book, and the ExamKrackers study materials (ExamKrackers is awesome, I highly recommend it). I studied everyday for about 2 1/2 months for 6-12 hours. I study better alone so I did it like that.
So, if you have about $1000 to spend, I would buy:
1) Kapland Online course (it comes with all the books/study materials you need)
2) the ExamKrackers audio osmosis (buy it used from Amazon, copy it to your computer, put it on your IPOD, then resell it back on amazon
3) ExamKrackers complete study guide
4) ExamKrackers Verbal Reasoning practice
5) AAMC practice tests (don't take these until you think you are ready to take the test. Kaplan gives you a whole bunch of practice tests, but they are a little different from the real thing. AAMC PRATICE TESTS ARE THE BEST GAUGE OF HOW YOU ARE DOING.
Wow, that test dominated my life for a long time...
Let me know if you have any or questions/concerns. Good luck!
P.S. Although Case is an awesome program, with a really nice small class size...I think you should just take the GRE and go to Nova/Emory/South (it would save you a lot of trouble and $$$).