In Person MCAT® Prep Course
IN-PERSON PREP IS BACK.
YOUR SCORE? 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.
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PICK THE ACCESS LENGTH THAT WORKS FOR YOU
How long do you want to study for the MCAT? It’s up to you. Pick the number of months you’d like to commit to prepping and start right now.
YOU GET ALL OF THIS...
- 14 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
- The mobile companion app to practice on-the-go
- 17 full-length, realistic practice tests
- 7-book MCAT subject review set
- 90+ brand new content refresher videos covering the highest-yield MCAT topics
- All the official AAMC practice material available
- Virtual reality study app covering ~1,000 MCAT science topics (compatible with Meta Quest 2 headset)
GET TO KNOW KAPLAN MCAT IN PERSON
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.
IMAGINE 13 POINTS ADDED TO YOUR SCORE
When you prep with us, you don't have to imagine. Students who put in the work raise their score by 13 points or more. And it's no surprise, because all our MCAT prep is personalized to you and packed with exam-like practice resources—so you'll study just what you need, with an accurate picture of test day. Find out how we can add 13 points to your MCAT score—and how crucial those points can be.
MASTER CONCEPTS WITH INNOVATIVE PREP TOOLS
We’re going where no MCAT prep has gone before. In partnership with Librarium, the world’s first virtual reality study aid, Kaplan is making MCAT memorization more effective (and more fun). Get ready to quiz yourself on high-yield topics in virtual reality. Meta Quest 2 headset is required for this feature.
OUR MCAT PRACTICE EXAMS ARE SO REALISTIC MOST TEST TAKERS COULDN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE
No, you’re not imagining it. Our MCAT practice tests mimic the actual exam. In fact, past MCAT exam test takers rated Kaplan's practice questions just as similar to the actual MCAT exam as official practice questions. How did we replicate the MCAT exam testing experience? We conducted rigorous psychometric field testing with Kaplan students, and used our findings to create the most realistic MCAT practice tests possible. It takes 20+ MCAT exam experts more than 2,000 hours to produce one new Kaplan practice test. Prep with confidence using realistic exams and know just what to expect on test day.
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Critical Thinking Foundations Course
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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.
Aeri enjoys getting students excited about making connections between science and everyday life. She has been teaching at Kaplan for 8 years and holds a BS in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Structural Biochemistry.
Nzinga has been teaching students to ace the MCAT for 17 years. She recently completed her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Here's What We'll Cover
Chem/Phys 1: Building Knowledge from First Principles
Knowledge doesn't exist in isolation. Often the difference between simply memorizing a fact and understanding a concept is whether you're able to connect it to your existing knowledge. In this first Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section (Chem/Phys), you'll interrogate everyday phenomena to reveal how electrostatics and thermodynamics governs it all. From there, you'll apply these first principles to new concepts presented in MCAT passages, allowing you to answer questions and build connections with both the content and strategies needed for the MCAT.
CARS 1: Reading Passages the Kaplan Way
Everyone has critically read before—but doing it consistently and on demand requires strategy and practice. In this session, you'll be introduced to the Kaplan strategies for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section. You'll learn to deconstruct CARS passages and questions while building the strategies needed to ace them on test day.
Bio/Biochem 1: Building Knowledge in Blocks
Knowledge is best built in blocks, or as learning scientists call them, chunks. The sheer amount of information needed for deep understanding of a concept is overwhelming, but by chunking the information into smaller pieces it becomes more manageable. In this first Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (Bio/Biochem) class, you will model the process of chunking through topics such as amino acids and enzyme inhibition. Next, you'll apply that knowledge as you learn how to deconstruct MCAT passages and questions using the Kaplan methods.
Psych/Soc 1: Elaborating on Concepts and Vocabulary
Proficiency in the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psych/Soc) section requires more than memorizing terms through flashcards. Successful MCAT students are not only able to recall the definitions of terms, but also able to recognize real-world examples, and draw connections between closely-related concepts. In this first Psych/Soc session, you will discuss different study techniques and their ideal usage based on the type of content being studied. You’ll then apply these concepts as you use the Kaplan science strategies to work through Psych/Soc passages and questions. Topics covered include cognitive development and organization of the nervous system.
Chem/Phys 2: Math on the MCAT
Math is a prominent feature of the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (Chem/Phys) section. But the math needed for the MCAT is not the same math used in your undergrad courses. In this session, you'll explore the arithmetic and algebraic demands of the MCAT and the Kaplan strategies to manage them. This will include content coverage and application of chemical equilibria and periodic trends.
CARS 2: Question Types
Given the difficulty of the MCAT, it's easy to forget that it is a standardized test. This can be especially true in the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) section, where it can seem that the test maker can ask you about anything. In this session, you will learn to recognize the CARS question types and see how each question type can be solved in the same way. With this knowledge, you’ll know how to approach any CARS question you’ll encounter on Test Day.
Bio/Biochem 2: Analyzing Informational Passages
Generating predictions when answering MCAT questions is one of the most powerful but underutilized tools for test day. In this session, you will differentiate the kinds of predictions you can make when answering questions to increase your efficiency and accuracy in time crunched situations. During this class, you will also cover the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (Bio/Biochem) content necessary to answer questions on the central dogma of genetics, the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve, and more.
Psych/Soc 2: Research Design and Data Interpretation
Studies on human behavior make up the majority of passages in the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psych/Soc) section. In this session, you will explore the terminology associated with study design and hone your skills in analyzing data. The topics of social action and associative learning will also be covered in this session.
Chem/Phys 3: Interrogating Experimental Passages
The experiment-based passages you'll encounter on the MCAT are based on actual academic experiments and papers. As a result, the experiments seen on test day are often cutting-edge containing procedures that will likely be new to you. In this session, you'll learn to interrogate the core components of any experiment or study, giving you the tools to understand the experiment-based passages in the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (Chem/Phys) section. This class will cover acids and bases, nucleophilic acyl substitution, electrochemistry, and more.
CARS 3: Refining Your Passage Approach
The Kaplan Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS) strategy, and the passage approaches contained within, require consistent practice and refinement to achieve proficiency for Test Day. In this session, you will revisit the distill methods of highlighting, outlining, and interrogating as you work through a set of CARS passages and question sets designed to deepen your understanding of each of the methods.
Advanced MCAT Strategies
The MCAT is designed to be difficult. Even the most prepped test takers can encounter passages and questions that they aren't ready for. In this session, you will learn the advanced MCAT strategies of triaging and strategic guessing, as well as complete a rapid reading exercise for when time's running low.
Bio/Biochem 3: Deconstructing Biochemistry Experiments
The most complex systems can be simplified into simpler components. In the same way that our most complex organ—the brain—can be deconstructed into simpler neuronal circuits, the most complex biochemistry experiments on the MCAT are made simpler by identifying their key components. In this session, you’ll practice the skill of deconstruction as you learn to recognize the key components of experimental design found in every experiment-based passage and break down the human body's messenger systems into the nervous and endocrine systems.
Psych/Soc 3: Examining and Refining Your Strategies
The ability to reflect and correct your skills, content, and trajectory throughout your MCAT prep is a crucial part of test day success. Using passages from the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psych/Soc) section, you will have an opportunity to not only practice, but to determine appropriate next steps based on your performance in real-time. This session will cover attribution theory, theories of self-concept and identity, and more.
MCAT Strategies in Action
As test day approaches, the amount of realistic practice under test-like conditions in your MCAT prep should increase. In this session, you will complete a round of the prep cycle, a study framework that focuses on 3 repeating steps:
- Practicing under test-like conditions
- Reviewing your work to find areas of opportunity
- Targeting your studies to address your opportunities
After this class, you can use this experience to model the remainder of your studies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Kaplan have in-person MCAT classes?
Yes, Kaplan has returned to offering in person MCAT prep classes, featuring 14 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?
Kaplan’s Live Online MCAT Course consists of 14 three-hour scheduled online classes with a team of expert MCAT teachers, and our On Demand Courses include over 70 hours of video lessons. Our In Person MCAT Course option consists of 14 three-hour classes with an expert MCAT teacher near you.
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. That said, we know you want to score better than average, so we recommend closer to 300–350 total hours of study. 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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