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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed with their online resources and feedback system, April 21, 2012
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This review is from: Cracking the MCAT, 2011-2012 Edition (Graduate School Test Preparation) (Paperback)
The book itself has typos. Nuff said. But i like the way it approches stuff. I've used kaplan premier and i left a favorable review for that here on amazon based on their online resources.

Princeton review has changed their online resources. You actually have 4 online exams although 3 are book specific and the extra one is their generic free CBT exam except it shows up under your resources.
Despite the typos, I'm still giving this book five stars for the following reasons:
1. They are the only company that grades your essays and provide FEEDBACK!!! The essay isn't graded right after you take the exam because you could be taking it at 5am (who knows? that's the time i completed my cbt). But the essay grading shows up in about a week (i didn't log in till the next week so i can't tell if it showed up earlier). But right after taking the exam, it showed my essay score as zero for both essays. The feedback was specific with the person telling me what i did wrong on each essay and making suggestions for each one. I took the kaplan $2K class and essays don't get returned this fast. So to have essays graded from a book purchase, i'm impressed.
2. They have other resources such as discretes for each chapter as well as passages for the chapters. Lots of online practice for you to get used to taking the CBT. I rated kaplan highly because of their online resources and but princeton has done a good job matching up to the competition.
3. The content in the is presented in fairly easy way the reader is tested to ensure mastery. I actually found their verbal guide most helpful especially when it comes to detecting wrong answers. That has helped a lot in helping me eliminate wrong answers.
4. Almost forgot, they give an overal feedback on your performance. Feedback you get from taking drills are obviously computer generated feedback because they show up right after the drill. feedback for BS, VR and PS sections shows up later when essays are graded and it's nice to have someone tell you what to do in terms of review and also say do so and so with bio but great job with your ochem skills. It's really nice. Yes, I'm obviously impressed.

In hindsight, if i knew princeton automatically graded essays, i'd have signed up with them. I signed up with kaplan because i was only paying less than 60% of the $2k. kaplan requires emailing them to an essay team that does take a good while to respond and that's only for people taking their classes. You don't get your essays graded when you buy the premier book.

If you're looking for an mcat prep, I'll recommend both this and kaplan premier. I had a friend who studied with just these 2 and scored a 40. I feel this book and the kaplan premier complement each other in certain parts although they do cover pretty much most of the same material. Their approach is different. Princeton has the end of chapter questions which kaplan doesn't have. Kaplan has the question set at the end of each subject instead. I skipped out on my exam last year despite consistently scoring 35+ on practice and since my kaplan thing expired, i decided to try this. At the price amazon has, this book is a valueable resource.

Good luck on the exam.

EDIT: Their system doesn't save your essay as kaplans. I've lost my essay just because I hit the back button when the five minute window popped up and I was trying to get rid of it. My suggestion, use word pad for their essays and copy to the box when done. No it's not ideal test condition but it's better than getting to your final paragraph and losing your entire essay.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2012, 10:16:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012, 10:17:52 AM PST
Ducs2r says:
For the new 2013-2014 edition, the essay portion is being eliminated to encourage use of the trial section to the 2015 tests, so the problem with saving the essay's is now eliminated, but so is the bonus of them giving you feedback in the essays. I am only 60 pages into the new edition, and so far it is quite worthy of being an MCAT review.

I have confirmed this with the AAMC, after reading it in the 2013-2014 edition of this text; there is no longer a writing section on the MCAT starting January 2013.
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