- Series: Kaplan MCAT Premier Program (W/CD)
- Paperback: 1056 pages
- Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419551906
- ISBN-13: 978-1419551901
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
The good stuff:
-Good inside strategies and information about the test
-Offers multiple strategies for remembering information, including side notes linking the concept to another concept in another section.
-Concise, but thorough review
-Good explanation of every question
The bad stuff:
-More errors than would be acceptable for a textbook. There are even a few errors when it comes to the concepts, which can prove very difficult if you're not already comfortable with the concept.
-Units not carried through on calculations. Often times paying attention to the units can be a huge key as far as picking which equation to use and understanding the product (and its units). Ignoring the units, as they consistently do, fails to reinforce the concept. If I didn't use units on my college tests, I'd certainly get points off.
-Not quite enough practice tests. If they added an additional practice set to each section, it would be much better.
-CD and online material not quite as helpful as I had hoped.
-Many of the advertised features, such as the correlation to medicine, only make rare appearances. It feels like they just added them in so they could use them for advertisement.
These complaints are all relatively minor and subjective.Read more ›
Although I have run across a few typos, its nothing horribly distracting unless you're OCD and can't move on. No matter which MCAT book you buy, there will be errors. The book is meant to review and give you strategies. You're not supposed to internalize everything they say.
Overall I think the book is a pretty good deal considering a Kaplan class costs a few thousand dollars. The book is pretty well organized and the color pages are much better than the black and white pictures in past editions.
And why would you? Sure, there are those out there with an over abundance of confidence and book smarts who could probably take the exam without studying. Some of them may even do well. Then, there are the vast majority of us who take it seriously (especially those of us who are giving up on a career to go to medical school and want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to get it right) who search for the right preparation strategy.
So, where do you start? Kaplan, Examcrackers, others? All of them? Well, I read all the reviews of Examcrackers and they seem a little too phony (read them on Amazon), and Kaplan has a great reputation, so I picked this book. Sure, it's a little pricey, but this is your FUTURE you're dealing with.
- Great book. Its strength lies not necessarily in its comprehensive review (indeed, some information and examples contain errors), though the review is nice to have, especially for non pre-med folks or people who are taking pre-med as a POSTBAC. No, its strength lies in its test taking strategies.
- The CD-Companion is a little disappointing, not well organized. It would be better if you could have access to all the information and organize it in a way that works for you, rather than relying on the way it is force-fed to the user (example, the "flashcards" are not user friendly and it seems that you have to have the CD-ROM in to use the website companion... silly if they give you a MICROSOFT STYLE individual serial number that can only be used by one person).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought a few versions of the different MCAT reviews, and this one is by far the easiest to understand. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by S. Chrisman
The book is full of all the information you'll need to prepare for the MCAT. Plenty of practice exams and tips for the test. Read morePublished on August 30, 2010 by Chase
This is a thorough guide but I ended up taking the Kaplan classes. I think this book would have been just as good as the classes because the content was pretty much identical. Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by EFiz
There is no silver bullet to studying, but this book certainly is one tool that will help.Published on April 23, 2010 by New York Buyer
The Kaplan MCAT book is great for studying for the MCAT. I enjoy the pictures because it is alot easier to understand the material. Read morePublished on August 11, 2009 by Brittany Brinkley
I received the book in a timely manner and it was in good condition. I'm taking the mcat soon. So we will see how it goes.Published on June 15, 2009 by Isabel
Superior color diagrams, more extensive reviews of subject matters and more exam practices than other similar MCAT preparation books..Published on January 28, 2009 by UKmergedUS
very comprehensive review, definitely as much work as taking a class to get through this book, some sections have tips that are just common sense but some tips actually help.Published on January 28, 2009 by M. Roberts