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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2005
This book has a pro and a con associated with it. The pro is that it is a plethra of free standing questions and will definitely prepare you for that aspect of the MCAT without a doubt. The con is actually only a semi con...there are no passages in this book which means you won't get practice in scanning for important facts. This isn't the end of the world, though, because the MCAT physical sciences section is highly conceptual, and this book drills the concepts like there's no tomorrow. For practice with passages, you can go to the AAMC site and download a few of their practice tests.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2002
This book contains many questions in basic physics for the MCAT. All relevant topics are covered; however, I feel that this is not the best book for review. The main objection I have is that the question format is NOT what appears on the MCAT. Most MCAT questions are based on a reading passage and very few of the Examcracker's questions are in that form. Those that are based on a passage are very simple when compared to the real MCAT questions. I scored well on the physics section but it was because I worked through real MCAT practice exams. Do not use this book as your sole source for physics preparation. I've said this dozens of times to friends, "If you purchase a 'comprehensive' review book make sure you also use old college books, old college notes, and work through old MCAT exams."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
The book contains over 1001 practice questions for MCAT. The shear amount of practice from this book is guaranteed to help you prepare for MCAT one way or another.
How similar the questions are to actual MCAT physics questions is a whole another matter. And in truth not too similar. Firstly, actual MCAT physics questions are often based on a passage, all the physics questions from Examkrackers are standalone questions. Actual MCAT questions vary in topic from one question to the next, in this book questions are grouped together by topic. So if you're trying to simulate MCAT testing conditions while doing the exercises in this practice book it wouldn't be a realistic simulation. Secondly because all questions are standalone, it's hard to set time limits for a number of questions. Of course you're always trying to do the questions as fast as you can, being as careful as you can. But taking the MCAT requires a good sense of timing that you probably won't get from this book. Thirdly, the content of the questions in this book rely on what is extra to the MCAT. So there may be questions that require a bit of memorization and knowledge from other sciences. In itself this is not a bad thing, but it should dictate the way you use the book.
If you have time, I would recommend doing all the questions in there. And then moving on to more realistic practice from other books.
I hope this was a helpful review.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2012
These Amazon reviews are pretty hit or miss. Despite this, I found the most success with this package. I was using Kaplan originally. But I found their material to be way too convoluted and not directed to the essential things that needed to be learned. Perfect example: EK flat out tells you what formulas you will either need to know or disregard for the MCAT. Kaplan throws all of the material at you without being specific about what is critical to know. Furthermore, even in their most recent editions, Kaplan books are STILL including material that hasn't been tested on the MCAT for over five years. Huge waste of time. EK is completely up to date. I don't honestly feel that I learned anything that I didn't need to know with EK. Kaplan, on the other hand, gave me an overwhelming amount of unnecessary information.

The thing about this set is that you can use the books in junction with the 1001 Question series that they sell. I recommend the Chemistry and Physics for sure. I didn't use the biology, as I heard that there were some inaccuracies here and there. Then again, biological sciences was my worst section so maybe I should have.

The reason I recommend this all so strongly is because it makes for a very easy and coherent study strategy to follow. It actually makes the studying enjoyable because you are tangibly rewarded as you make your way through the 1001 Questions and correctly answer the problems.

Pretty simple:

I would start to read a chapter in the appropriate section (i.e. physics - mirrors and lenses). Then, after reading a few subsections of the chapter, I would go to the 1001 Physics Questions book and just do all of the problems up to that point. The material from the lecture books follow the same order as the questions in the 1001 Q's books. In the back of the 1001 Q's book, they explain in detail WHY the chosen solution was correct or false. I would check my answers after each problem to make sure I was understanding the concepts.

I'm not a tremendous student, nor do I have the best study habits.

But, by breaking the material down into subsections and doing a wide variety of problems associated with the concepts I was learning, I was able to make forward progress through the material while truly cementing the formulas and concepts in my mind. For me, this was most easily achieved by doing the 1001 Questions combined with the lecture material presented in the EK package.

Physical Sciences was my strongest section. I hadn't taken a physics or chemistry class in over five years. I got an 11 using purely the routine I listed above, nothing else.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2002
I used the 1001 physics book and a national prep course to prepare for my MCAT. I scored a 12 on the physical sciences. I found the 1001 physics book to be accurate in the science and a strong pedagogic tool for learning the concepts. There were some (but really very few) typos in the book, and I didn't find them myself, but they were posted on the examkrackers website and appear to be updated regularly. Additionally, Examkrackers provides a bulletin board where Jon Orsay himself actually responds quickly to science questions that relate to the book. Mr. Orsay explains on this site that the 1001 books are designed to teach MCAT science and that passages allow you to answer questions without knowing the science. That's why these questions are not passage based. He actually suggests using a different book if you are already scoring 10s in the science section and he says that you should definitely supplement this book with a review book and full length exams. Anyway, I thought the book was pretty good, and I don't think I would have done so well without it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book is one of the two books I focused on for my MCAT. I used this book and the 1001 Chemistry questions to "freshen up" on my weak areas.

Examkrackers 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry (Examkrackers)

These books are NOT designed to be worked all the way beginning to end, but either randomly or specific sections. It even mentions that in the books. These are not to be confused with the Examkrackers textbooks or testbooks, and these should not be purchased instead of on those. These are only a supplement to the examkrackers program for the MCAT.

When I took my practic tests (AMCAS is the best because they make the MCAT) I found out my weak areas. I then when back in the Examkrackers textbooks and reviewed that passage, then I did all of the problems for that section in the problem book which was only about 15 per topic (e.g. linear acceleration). The alternate method would be doing every 4th or 5th question till you find something you aren't skilled in.

The problems are ordered in increasing difficulty, with explanations in the back of the book and best way to attempt the problem. Best of all, if you use it with the textbooks it explains how to do the problems in your head efficiently. By the time I was ready for the MCAT, I learned more physics from these books than a whole year in college. In college I just memorized formulas, with these problem books you learn the concepts and how it relates. This one beats out Kaplan, and Princeton by long shot (I used both). I never memorized one single formula for the MCAT, and my score was very competitive.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2003
I really found this book very, very helpful. I thought it covered every topic on the MCAT. Some of the questions were a little easier than McAT, and some seemed a little more difficult than MCAT, but they all seemed like McAT questions to me. You can't beat the online help offered with this book. THe author himself answers your science questions. Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2001
The style of the questions get you thinking conceptually. For each topic the difficulty ranges from easy to extremely difficult. The difficult ones can be intimidating if you don't realize that they won't likely be that hard on the real thing. The explanations are concise, and often reveal when an overly difficult question is out of the MCAT league.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2008
This is a great study guide to make sure you have all the topics covered. I went through the entire guide and scored a 15 on the physics section. All of the 1001 EC books are great. Using primarily these books I made a 38Q overall on the MCAT. Highly recommended.

One important note. These books are NOT in MCAT format. They are simply problems to go through to make sure the concepts are fully understood. Then you can tackle the real thing. All concepts are covered ad nauseum and practice makes perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
I also bought the chemistry one. Thanks to this book (and Kaplan), I was able to score a 9 on the physical sciences, whereas I was making 6-8s in practice before doing all 1001 questions. A lot of questions focus on the basics, which makes is easier for you during recall when you are trying to solve the higher thinking questions.
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