- Publisher: Osote Publishing; 9 edition (November 15, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893858707
- ISBN-13: 978-1893858701
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 3.4 inches
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I'd rank them in the following order
1. Examkrackers Complete Study Package
2. Kaplan Complete 7-Book Subject Review
3. Princeton ReviewnMCAT Subject Review Complete Set
4. Next Step Test Prep Practice for Behavioral Sciences.
Examkrackers is the only set that completely reformatted their books to be inline with the new exam. Every book is almost completely different with reformatted content, and new practice passages that fit the format of the new exam. All their science passages reference primary research articles directly as do the MCAT passages for the 2015 exam. These new types of passages are different than the more information dump type passages for the current 2014 MCAT exam. In addition, all their passages directly involve biological systems even in the physics and chemistry books which is what you'd expect to see with the new 2015 MCAT. They also redistributed the content science content in the book to better adequately represent the degree to which each subject is tested on the new exam. These books are a complete reboot to best fit the new exam. Each chapter has comes with three well written passages and around 20 free standing practice questions. The books do not include any full lengths, which is probably their biggest weakness.
The Princeton Review probably did the worst job of updating their books, seemingly not even glancing over the AAMC outline for the material covered of the 2015 MCAT. They essentially re-released their old books, almost nothing has been changed: same passages, same content, the distribution of science material, same verbal strategy but without the online practice questions and passages that came with the old book. You'd probably be better off purchasing the old books as they came with much more in terms of online practice questions and materials. The main benefit of the new books is that they include 3 full length online practice exams. To supplement the old PR books, you'd probably just want to purchase the Princeton Review Psychology and Sociology Review, and Kaplan MCAT Biochemistry Review. You'd also want to to check the AAMC content outline for the 2015 exam in order to know which Ochem chapters to skip in the PR books
Kaplan did a great job updating their books to best reflect the new content but they provide no practice passages in the books. They do provide 2 full length practice exams.
Next Step Test Prep Behavioral Science book is essentially just a book of poorly written practice passages and an outline you could have gotten directly from AAMC. Their passages do not reflect the 2015 MCAT passages as they're way too long, mostly information dumps instead of experiments to analyze and the questions are too easy.
I have Kaplan for biochem and I like it much better.
One good thing I like about these ec books is their 30 minute exams. They provide good passage based practice which Kaplan does not have.
I hope this review will be helpful. Good luck! :)
My major complaint would be the numerous spelling, grammatical, and typo errors within the books. All of the errors got me wondering if this company rushed too quickly to complete this updated version for the 2015 exam. I'm frankly surprised that a standardized exam prep book contains so many blunders. Of course, spelling mistakes aren't necessarily going to hinder my chances of succeeding on the MCAT, but it does reflect on the company's professionalism. These mistakes make me question Examkrackers' credibility.
In conclusion, I decided on 3 stars. I admire the effort and organizational skills that go into creating such a compendium of information. However, if Examkrackers wants to claim the prize for having the best MCAT prep books, I think they should hire an editor.
With this technique and a lot of work (about 4-5 hours a day) I scored a 522, which is in the 99th percentile. Basically, these books are really the only set you need and can get you very far if you put in the effort!
I really loved how they made the content as simple as they could and I appreciated the comedy provided by the EK mascot, salty. I highly recommend these.
The book definitely needs revisions. In their haste to print they left a LOT of mistakes. Its ok when its just grammer but some are actually in the problems and answer choices and that's not acceptable! Especially for such a high price.