- Series: Examkrackers
- Paperback: 1088 pages
- Publisher: Osote Publishing; 7 Pck Slp edition (March 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893858499
- ISBN-13: 978-1893858497
- Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 2.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Examkrackers Complete MCAT Study Pkg: 5 Book Package 7 Pck Slp Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
- the materials look great (color)
- it seems to cover all the material necessary
- great marketing
- The concepts are very weak, especially in biology. You need to understand WHAT is going on conceptually. You can't just be thrown facts and material without knowing WHAT is going on. I quote another reviewer, "I have to say, the science is very conceptually weak... they teach you shortcuts, but if you don't grasp the concepts, the mcats is about tricking you on the weaknesses and you'll go for all the tricks."
- Not all of the books are excellent, the physics book is particularly weak.
- SIDE NOTE: Exam Krackers 101 Verbal passages is actually very strong and a quality resource.
I went through nearly all the reviews for this site for 30-40 minutes after I found the series to be less than 5 STAR quality (closer to 3) as so many reviewers were saying. I also noticed that a lot of the 5 star ratings were quick little "this is great, blah blah" short reviews. Please read some of the 3 star honest well written reviews. I did this. I also noticed over half of the 5 star reviews were following a certain pattern. The other thing that raised a flag was that this series had 96 reviews! 96! I tried to find ONE other MCAT comprehensive review that was close. Not one. The Kaplan 2007-2008 had 15 reviews, that was the closest.
So I asked a simple question, "how can I be sure these reviews are real or not?".Read more ›
1.) General concepts are not covered to great enough depth for true conceptual understanding = very important to ace the mcat.
2.) some practice questions are irrelevant.
3.) Biology section--> nervous system, so badly written it is a bit funny, never seen it so badly written, so bad :)Don't get me started on thermo in the chemistry review.
4.) physics --> concepts do not follow with actual examples. Physics is really about applications. Can't apply the concepts, you'll be sad on the mcat.
5.) verbal - the only awesome thing about EK!
6.) the practice 100/1000 problem series do not give a good reflection of actual mcat where it's passage based and you need to know how to handle the information presented. The workbooks are all stand-alone questions.
7.) The science is not well presented. As a biology major with a near perfect GPA, I have to say, the science is very conceptually weak. Some explanations are a little funny. They teach you shortcuts, but if you don't grasp the concepts, the mcats is about tricking you on the weaknesses, and you'll go for all the tricks.
Maybe the books are meant as a supplement to the actual course, or as references with supplement of great background. I have no idea of why the ratings are so high for this series. Audio-osmosis is SO annoying.Read more ›
I first took the MCAT in August 2006 and scored a 28Q. I had used Kaplan books to study for the test without taking the expensive Kaplan class. I believed that I could do well enough on my own to justify saving the money on one of those classes. After applying to medical schools last year, making it on to two alternate lists, and ultimately not receiving acceptance, I was forced to decide if I should retake the MCAT since it was the weakest part of my application.
Ultimately, I decided to retake the Exam still without signing up for an expensive prep class. Based on reading high user reviews, I purchased the Examkrackers MCAT Complete Study Package and devoted about 2.5 months to studying full-time for the MCAT on my own. I would go to a coffee shop or local library to study for nearly 6-8 hours each of 4-5 days per week for about 2.5 months. I used only Examkrackers as my study materials for all sections of the MCAT. I completely read through the study package two times, utilized all practice questions given in the study package, and went back to difficult areas to focus on in the week prior to the exam.
I took the MCAT for the second time in August 2008. The exam was on a Friday, and I took two official full-length practice exams (from the AMCAS website) on Monday and Wednesday before the exam. The week earlier I had scored a 26 on the Examkrackers practice exam, but on the official AMCAS practice exams I scored a 37 and a 38! On the actual MCAT exam I scored a 37T!!! I went from 65th percentile in 2006 to 98th percentile in 2008.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did well enough on the MCAT to get in to medical school and I credit most of it to these books. There is a new edition now and I'm sure they're just as good. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Danger
I did not purchase these from Amazon but rather, at a local book store. They were relatively cheap and had many questions that I figured would be great practice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by HL
Great Study set. I am a resident now, bought these back in 2010 for the MCAT. It was the only study tool I used. Thank you Exam Krackers, to you I am a doctor!Published 9 months ago by Reedsposer22
EXCELLENT study package for the MCAT. I would highly recommend the entire Examkracker series. They are helpful, they are funny and the books are in color, not boring black and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by K.
My kid took the class and bought the book. He got good grade on the subject. I believed that the book was helpful and it was in good condition.Published 9 months ago by Jian Tao
Didn't help me at all. I've recently enrolled in a Kaplan MCAT prep class like I should have instead if buying these. Live and learn the hard way.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer