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Cracking the MCAT, 2011-2012 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) [Paperback]

Princeton Review
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April 19, 2011 037542718X 978-0375427183 1

The MCAT tests more than your knowledge of basic physical and biological sciences.

You need to know absolutely everything, from amino acids and proteins to translational motion to verbal reasoning, and more. Cracking the MCAT will help you review all the necessary content with in-depth coverage of all subjects tested on the MCAT. This book includes:

-A FULL-COLOR, 16-PAGE TEAR-OUT REFERENCE GUIDE with all the most important formulas, diagrams, information, concepts, and charts for each section of the MCAT

-COMPLETE COVERAGE of all the topics on the MCAT, including physics, general chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, verbal reasoning, and the essays

-EXCLUSIVE FREE ONLINE ACCESS to 4 full-length practice tests with comprehensive answers and explanations

-PRACTICE passages, questions, and detailed EXPLANATIONS with STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTIONS at the end of every chapter for maximum practice and preparation


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Product Details

  • Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037542718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375427183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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The book itself has typos. Nuff said. But i like the way it approches stuff. I've used kaplan premier and i left a favorable review for that here on amazon based on their online resources.

Princeton review has changed their online resources. You actually have 4 online exams although 3 are book specific and the extra one is their generic free CBT exam except it shows up under your resources.
Despite the typos, I'm still giving this book five stars for the following reasons:
1. They are the only company that grades your essays and provide FEEDBACK!!! The essay isn't graded right after you take the exam because you could be taking it at 5am (who knows? that's the time i completed my cbt). But the essay grading shows up in about a week (i didn't log in till the next week so i can't tell if it showed up earlier). But right after taking the exam, it showed my essay score as zero for both essays. The feedback was specific with the person telling me what i did wrong on each essay and making suggestions for each one. I took the kaplan $2K class and essays don't get returned this fast. So to have essays graded from a book purchase, i'm impressed.
2. They have other resources such as discretes for each chapter as well as passages for the chapters. Lots of online practice for you to get used to taking the CBT. I rated kaplan highly because of their online resources and but princeton has done a good job matching up to the competition.
3. The content in the is presented in fairly easy way the reader is tested to ensure mastery. I actually found their verbal guide most helpful especially when it comes to detecting wrong answers. That has helped a lot in helping me eliminate wrong answers.
4. Almost forgot, they give an overal feedback on your performance.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I've studied for and taken the MCAT before but since my score expired I am back to studying again. It's been a few years since I've been out of college so I was looking for a book which would bring me back to speed with the concepts tested on the MCAT.

-Book includes 4 online exams
-Easy to read. Concise text
-Easy to transport with all subjects in one text.

-Not very thorough and missing material. (For example, I just finished the fluids and solids section and went back to an older text to realize there was a lot of information and formulas missing on pretty basic and integral concepts like Archimedes' principle. --Don't know if this is elsewhere in the book but if so, then there's a case for poor organization.)

I'm not really sure who this book would really be useful to considering it's very condensed and general; anyone who is really studying for the MCAT would know that is anything but what the MCAT is and requires.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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AAMC tests cost ~35$ each. For ~50$ here you get 4 tests, and they grade your writing sample essays. I think this is a no brainer, even if you already have your favorite study books the extra tests here are a great deal for the cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent organization and prepwork January 3, 2012
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This book gets you down to the nitty gritty. It doesn't waste any time on long paragraphs full of miscellaneous information. It says it like it is, and how it will be presented to you on testing day. The constant problems throughout and the MCAT-style questions at the ends of the chapters enforce the ideas and necessary concepts perfectly. Thank you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive overview August 30, 2011
Provides example problems throughout the reading to make sure you are constantly testing yourself and focused while you read. Very helpful review. A little intimidating though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Understanding MCAT Topics Better June 23, 2012
By Jax
I really like how this book is laid out. I have just about finished reading the book and doing the practice passages and problems. What I like best about this book is the integration of practice / example problems throughout the text as opposed to just at the end of the chapter. I have Exam Krackers books which do not include many examples within the text or information beyond a surface level of understanding (they're great for practice passages though). This TPR book works well for my learning style. This book has helped me understand certain topics on a deeper level. My practice exam scores are improving and I think its because of my use of this book. I recommend it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Typos then information February 26, 2012
This edition has an enormous amount of typos, incorrect, incomplete or missing figures, and even wrong answers to some of its questions (In several cases the explanation was correct but the letter choice wasn't). It is also very watered down, missing lots of information and formulas. Having taken in MCAT in the past, but retaking now that the scores have expired I know that information that is on the test is missing. While this book may help you get started in your review, especially nailing down areas where you need more work, the Kaplan books offer much more in depth information, only lacking in the passage based questions with each topic. That's why I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. I recommend steering clear of Princeton Review in this case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 23, 2014
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This book does a great job of teaching and of giving MCAT like practice exams. Only missing is the verbal section
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough review of MCAT subjects
I used this book as my primary mode of study before taking the MCAT. Unlike most people, I only studied for 2 months before taking the test due to working full time and finishing... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jorjorusf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Really useful reference text for the MCAT examination. Would highly recommend this book but I would highly recommend that you use another publisher for more questions (i.e. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy!
The description of the product was very accurate and reliable. There are no markings and it looks just about brand new. I received it in no time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Divya
4.0 out of 5 stars It's an MCAT Guide
It's an MCAT guide. Not much more to say. It gets the job done, but definitely not for fun. Seriously though, ain't no one wants to take the MCAT just for funsies.
Published 11 months ago by Tennisacer001
5.0 out of 5 stars Concepts
All concepts explained clearly with examples, style of presentation assists retention of concepts. Additional systematic online practice tests with clearly explained solutions were... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vandana Deshmukh
4.0 out of 5 stars good summary
The book has a great summary of all the information, but all the material is too brief. This cannot be your only review book if you want to do well on the mcat.
Published 13 months ago by Umar
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
it's an ok book, great review. But if you rusty- i would recommend a different book. Also the online practice exams were a pain, the princeton review would not approve my... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Bourdua
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind = Blown
I am currently studying for the MCAT (giving myself about 9 months to do so) and boy am I already intimidated by the broad information laid out by this book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by BimmerMan92
4.0 out of 5 stars So many errors!
In general I'd say this book is ok for review; the organic chemistry section really doesn't go into enough depth (just says things like "chemical A will react as follows.. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by monkey_brains
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