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Examkrackers: 1001 Questions in MCAT in Physics 2nd Edition

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About the Author

Jonathan Orsay is uniquely qualified to write an MCAT preparation book. He graduated on the Dean's list with a B.A. in History from Columbia University. While considering medical school, he sat for the real MCAT three times from 1989 to 1996. He scored in the 90 percentiles on all sections before becoming an MCAT instructor. He has lectured in MCAT test preparation for thousands of hours and across the country for every MCAT administration since August 1994. He has taught premeds from such prestigious Universities as Harvard and Columbia. He was the editor of one of the best selling MCAT prep books in 1996 and again in 1997. Orsay is currently the Director of MCAT for Examkrackers. He has written and published the following books and audio products in MCAT preparation: "Examkrackers MCAT Physics"; "Examkrackers MCAT Chemistry"; "Examkrackers MCAT Organic Chemistry"; "Examkrackers MCAT Biology"; "Examkrackers MCAT Verbal Reasoning & Math"; "Examkrackers 1001 questions in MCAT Physics", "Examkrackers MCAT Audio Osmosis with Jordan and Jon".

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Osote Publishing; 2nd edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893858189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893858183
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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.
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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.
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By A Customer on November 26, 2002
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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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