- Series: Graduate School Test Preparation
- Paperback: 2656 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Review; 1 Box edition (July 29, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804126321
- ISBN-13: 978-0804126328
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
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I'm only 13 pages into the first chapter on Physics and there are already serious issues that shouldn't be there, because the wording is basically the same as the previously published books, except now there are silly errors.
For example, on page 53 we are given an equation for finding displacement as d=1/2(v0-v)t when its supposed to be d=1/2(v0+v)t. The equation is correct in the older book and there is a worked out example in this book that uses the wrong equation but prints out the correct answer anyway.
Then on the very next page the authors are going over how to interpret graphs in terms of kinematics. The graphs are the EXACT same as the previous MCAT books but once again the worked out examples are incorrect. It's as if they copied and pasted from the old book but changed the equations and examples so they would be wrong. In this particular case, we are to figure out an object's acceleration using a graph of Velocity VS time. The values are as follows: ti=3s; tf=5s; vf=1m/s; v0=5m/s.
Their work-through of the problem?: A=[(v-v0)/(tf-ti)] = ((5m/s) - (2m/s)) / (0s-3s) = 1m/s^2. HU?! Of course the correct answer (worked out correctly in the previous edition) is -2m/s^2.
And these are only the types I have caught.... Who knows if I have missed others.
In a rush to be the first to offer material for the 2015 MCAT exam, it seems that the Princeton Review has forgotten to read their own books for errors. What's worse is that the errors are from pages that are otherwise word for word the same as the content in the previous editions.
The book comes with online access to book corrections but none of these easily detected errors have been posted.
So be careful out there. Unless you have the old edition opened up next to the new edition, double checking EVERYTHING, you run the risk of either learning wrong information or spending valuable time googling everything to make sure the book is not incorrect, which defeats the purpose of the book in the first place.
I'd rank them in the following order
1. Examkrackers Complete Study Package
2. Kaplan Complete 7-Book Subject Review
3. Princeton Reviewn MCAT Subject Review Complete Set
4. Next Step Test Prep Practice for Behavioral Sciences.
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, same 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