In Person MCAT® Prep Course
IN-PERSON PREP IS BACK.
BETTER THAN EVER.
Learn in person with an MCAT® test prep expert who lives and breathes the exam. Then, master content at your own pace with our suite of online resources, designed to complement your coursework. It’s the perfect balance of structure and flexibility. There’s no limit to how high your score will climb.
Enroll now for classes starting in January 2022.
ACCOUNTABILITY IS EVERYTHING
A routine schedule. Structured lessons. A teacher at the front of the classroom, helping you every step of the way. Sometimes, a traditional learning environment can be just the thing you need to stay on track.
LEARNING, TAILORED TO YOU
When you enroll in a class, you’ll not only get personalized homework based on your strengths and weaknesses, but also loads of practice material. This includes full-length practice tests, a 3,000+ question Qbank, and our complete set of books. So you can study how you want, when you want.
PLUS, YOU GET ALL OF THIS...
- 16 3-hour scheduled classes with a team of expert MCAT teachers
- Personalized homework assignments based on your strengths and weaknesses
- Access to unlimited livestreamed workshops
- A 3,000+ question Qbank that you can customize by length, topic, and subtopic
- 16 full-length, realistic practice tests
- 7-book MCAT subject review set
- 70+ brand new content refresher videos covering the highest-yield MCAT topics
- All the official AAMC practice material available
- Access to online resources for 6 months after your course start date
SAY HI TO OUR EXPERTS
Our teachers aren't just trained to perfection, they also scored high—like, 90th percentile high—on the MCAT. They'll get to know you personally too, to ensure you nail the exam.
Tyler joined us in 2010 and—because he loved teaching so much—quickly became a full-time instructor. He has a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Biomedical Science.
Aeri enjoys getting students excited about making connections between science and everyday life. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Structural Biochemistry.
Nzinga has been teaching students to ace the MCAT for 10 years. She’s currently completing a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Here's What We'll Cover
Science Knowledge Basics
This session will introduce the skills and strategies needed to answer Skill 1 (Scientific Knowledge) questions. You will work through Chem/Phys problems to better understand the scope and level of content familiarity necessary to succeed on the MCAT. You will also explore the high-yield topics of reaction rates and nucleophilic acyl substitution from general and organic chemistry, respectively.
Triage in the Science Sections
This session will introduce a section-level strategy designed to maximize your time—and score—on Test Day. You will work through science passages identifying patterns that you can use to determine which items are best done now and which are best saved for later. You will also cover a high-yield biology lesson on action potentials.
Wrong Answer Pathologies
This session will introduce Skill 3 (Experimental Design) questions as well as the common wrong answer pathologies found in the science sections. You will deconstruct experiment-based passages identifying key components that are frequently tested on the MCAT. Next, you will deconstruct MCAT questions identifying the common characteristics found in wrong answer choices that make them tempting, but wrong. You will also cover a high-yield behavioral science lesson on emotion.
Data Analysis Basics
This session will introduce the skills and strategies needed to effectively answer Skill 4 (Data Analysis) questions. You will work through numerous passage excerpts and questions and learn to deconstruct the various presentations of data (graphs, tables, etc.) to form valid conclusions—and thus identify the correct answers to Skill 4 questions. You will also cover high-yield behavioral science lessons on the organization of the nervous system and learning.
CARS: Foundations of Comprehension Questions
This session will introduce Foundations of Comprehension (FoC) questions, one of the three families of CARS question types on the MCAT. You will work through passages and questions and learn the patterns and strategies needed to answer the four types of FoC questions: Main Idea, Detail, Inference, and Definition-in-Context.
Scientific Reasoning on the MCAT
This session will explore the content and strategies needed to answer Skill 2 (Scientific Reasoning) questions. You will work through a selection of Chem/Phys and Bio/Biochem passages and discuss how scientific observations can be used to predict and explain scientific phenomena—a crucial skill for Scientific Reasoning questions. You will also cover high-yield science lessons on VSEPR theory and the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve.
CARS: Distill by Interrogation
This CARS session will focus on the Interrogation approach to Distilling CARS passages. You will work through several CARS passages to learn when the Interrogation approach is the best choice and how to leverage an interrogated passage when attacking CARS questions.
Data Distributions on the MCAT
This session will cover the statistical analysis necessary to answer Skill 4 (Data Analysis) questions on the MCAT. You will work through a selection of experiment-based passages designed to illuminate statistical concepts such as data distributions and measures of central tendency. You will also cover high-yield biology lessons on the endocrine system and the menstrual cycle.
Science Knowledge Questions in MCAT Passages
This session will explore the strategies and skills needed to effectively answer passage-based Skill 1 (Scientific Knowledge) questions. You will work through Bio/Biochem passages, learning how to spot highly-testable passage information. You will also cover high-yield science lessons from biochemistry that explore enzyme kinetics and amino acid electrophoresis.
CARS: Reasoning Within the Text Questions
This session will introduce Reasoning Within the Text (RWT) questions, one of the three families of CARS question types on the MCAT. You will work through passages and questions to learn the patterns and strategies needed to answer the two types of RWT questions: Function and Strengthen/Weaken (Within).
Critique of Studies and Conclusions
This session will cover Skill 3 (Experimental Design) questions and the experiment-based passages that accompany them. You will work through passages with a focus on evaluating the appropriateness of experimental designs and the research questions they aim to answer. You will also cover a high-yield biology lesson on Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
Distill by Outlining
This CARS session will focus on the Outline approach to Distilling CARS passages. You will work through several CARS passages to learn when the Outline approach is the ideal choice and how to leverage your passage outline when attacking CARS questions.
CARS: Reasoning Beyond the Text Questions
This session will introduce Reasoning Beyond the Text (RBT) questions, one of the three families of CARS question types on the MCAT. You will work through curated passages and their associated questions to learn the patterns and strategies needed to answer the two types of RBT questions: Apply and Strengthen/Weaken (Beyond).
Math on the MCAT
This session will explore the math skills needed on the MCAT. As such, you will work through a curated set of questions to familiarize yourself with the range of math skills needed to succeed on the MCAT. You will then apply this learning to a Chem/Phys passage. You will also cover high-yield general chemistry lessons focusing on math, the ideal gas law and electrochemical cells.
Triage in the CARS Section
This session will focus on maximizing your CARS score. You will approach several CARS passages with the understanding that time on the MCAT is limited, and success on Test Day means learning to prioritize which passages and questions you should attack now and which should be saved for later.
Statistical Analysis on the MCAT
In this session you will work through experiment-based passages and explore the limitations of scientific data as you learn about types of experimental error and uncertainty. You will also cover high-yield behavioral science lessons on social processes and attribution theory.
Concepts in Multiple Forms
This session uses Skill 1 (Scientific Knowledge) questions to show how familiar content can be presented in novel ways. You will work through a curated set of questions from biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, and organic chemistry to demonstrate how the same concepts can be presented—and therefore applied—across multiple sections of the MCAT. You will also cover high-yield science lessons from general chemistry that explore solution equilibria and acid-base chemistry.
CARS: Distill by Highlighting
This CARS session focuses on the Highlight approach to Distilling CARS passages. You will work through several CARS passages to learn when the Highlight approach is the best choice and how to leverage your highlighting when attacking CARS questions.
Advanced Experimental Design
In this session you will work through experiment-based passages with a focus on interpreting complex setups and determining valid conclusions that can be drawn from the results of these experiments. You will also cover a high-yield biology lesson on kidney function.
CARS: Wrong Answer Pathologies
This session will explore the common wrong answer types in the CARS section. You will work through several CARS passages to familiarize yourself with four key wrong answer pathologies: Opposite, Out of Scope, Faulty Use of Detail, and Distortion/Extreme. You will learn what makes each of these pathologies incorrect, and also what makes each of them so tempting!
Science Knowledge Skills in Action
This session will utilize Skill 1 (Scientific Knowledge) questions to illustrate the content remediation process. You will work through Chem/Phys passages that have been curated to reveal common content gaps. Next, you will learn the steps needed to describe, categorize, and resolve these recently found content gaps. This session will leave you will the tools needed to handle any content weakness that you may encounter in your MCAT preparation. You will also cover high-yield physics lessons on fluid dynamics and electric potential energy.
Scientific Reasoning Skills in Action
This session will illustrate the strategy-remediation process by working through Skill 2 (Scientific Reasoning) questions. You will tackle several difficult Chem/Phys passages learning how to identify the source of mistakes. You'll leave with a process for turning mistakes in practice into points on Test Day. You will also cover high-yield science lessons on geometrical optics and solubility-based separations.
Research Design Skills in Action
This session will work through several experiment-based passages to recognize how identifying the key components of experimental design will lead to correct answers on even the most complex experiment-based questions. You will also cover high-yield biochemistry lessons on aerobic metabolism and lipid metabolism.
Data Analysis Skills in Action
This session will work through several data-heavy passages designed to incorporate the wide range of statistical and analytical know-how that you need to succeed on the MCAT. You will also cover high-yield science lessons on the central dogma of genetics and hormonal regulation of metabolism.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Kaplan have in-person MCAT classes?
Yes, Kaplan has returned to offering in person MCAT prep classes, featuring 12 three-hour classes with an expert MCAT instructor right there in the classroom with you, and personalized homework assignments. You will also have access to thousands of practice questions, 16 full-length, realistic MCAT practice tests, and much more. If you prefer learning with others on a routine schedule, our in-person MCAT classes may be the best MCAT prep option for you.
Can you self study for the MCAT?
You can study for the MCAT by yourself, and if that is your preferred prep style, you can get started with Kaplan’s Free MCAT Resources, MCAT Practice Prep, or our On Demand MCAT Course. However, if you prefer to learn with an expert MCAT teacher, then our Live Online Course may be a better fit for you. And better yet, our In-Person MCAT Courses are now available again. For many, being in a hands-on classroom environment with an instructor in the room is the best way to prepare for the MCAT.
How much does an MCAT prep course cost?
Across all of Kaplan’s MCAT Practice and MCAT Course prep options, there are many different price points to choose from. While everyone’s MCAT prep needs are different, these price points reflect varying levels of features, one-on-one attention, and time commitment. Choose the MCAT resources that best suit your skill sets, preferences, and schedule.
Are MCAT prep courses worth it?
MCAT prep courses are the best way to ensure that you will be best prepared for all of the material that may be tested on the MCAT. If you are having trouble determining if an MCAT prep course would be worth it for you, we recommend trying our free MCAT Pop Quiz, 20-Minute Workout, or Practice Test to determine where you stand now, and how much prep you need to be able to meet your MCAT score goal.
How long is the Kaplan MCAT prep course?
How long should I study for the MCAT?
The average amount of time pre-med students spend studying for the MCAT is 240 hours across 4 months. Of course, this can vary person-to-person, so there’s no one number that is right for everybody preparing for the MCAT. By spreading your MCAT studies across 6 months, you will give yourself the best chance of meeting your MCAT score goal. If you are going to spend less time preparing for the MCAT, like 3 months, while you can prepare sufficiently in that time, your prep schedule will likely be more demanding than if extended over more time. The same can be said if you are studying across just 1 month or 2 months, although at that point, you may be spreading yourself quite thin.
Where can I take my MCAT test?
You will take the MCAT at an AAMC testing center. People often wait to take the MCAT in order to take the test at the most convenient testing center. However, if there is another test center that you can get to, it is recommended to take the MCAT as soon as possible, and as soon as you are ready.
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