MCAT® Practice Options
THE TOOLS YOU NEED
FOR A TOP NOTCH SCORE
Want more flexibility in your MCAT prep without committing to a full course? Our practice tools are just the thing. Explore our Qbank, practice exams, and more, and see why more current med students used Kaplan for their MCAT prep than any other test prep company.‡
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Our expert-developed Qbank helps raise your score with 3,000+ exam-like questions and interactive 3D images. Get tailored-to-you practice by building your own quizzes. Then, review your performance with detailed score reports—and know just what to focus on.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
How many MCAT practice tests should I take?
Taking practice tests is a very important part of your MCAT exam preparation, and you should plan for them accordingly. However, simply budgeting time to take practice tests is not enough—you also have to account for the time you’ll spend thoroughly reviewing the correct answers and using them as a learning tool. In general, we recommend students take a minimum of 6 full-length practice tests, with a cadence of one exam per week in the final month leading up to the MCAT exam. In the early phase of your preparation, try taking one exam per month. That way, you will spend more time learning and reviewing scientific material and honing your critical thinking skills. As you get closer to the exam, you can transition to a one-exam-per-week cadence. Of course, you can always take more. We provide a total of 17 full-length exams as part of our programs, 11 of which have been developed by Kaplan and 6 that are available from the AAMC.
How many hours should you study for the MCAT exam?
The average amount of time pre-med students spend studying for the MCAT exam 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 exam. By spreading your studies across 6 months, you will give yourself the best chance of meeting your MCAT score goal. While you can prepare sufficiently in a shorter time, your prep schedule will likely be more demanding. But it is not just the number of hours that matter. Your preparation should be structured and personalized to your areas of opportunity.
What MCAT score do I need?
A good MCAT score is generally considered to be 511 or higher, with no section score below 127. The MCAT exam, also known as the Medical College Admission Test, is a computer-based standardized exam designed to assess your potential as a medical student and doctor. Earning a good MCAT score is crucial to gaining acceptance into a top medical school. There is no set passing score on the MCAT exam; therefore, understanding the different MCAT score ranges and which percentile you’ve scored in will help you set realistic goals.
Is the MCAT exam hard?
Unlike the exams you’ve taken in school, the MCAT exam does not reward you solely for content knowledge. The MCAT rewards your ability to apply your scientific content knowledge. This requires a level of critical thinking and problem solving that you must prepare for through practice. Further, the MCAT exam is even more challenging than other exams since it requires the integration of multiple sciences to interpret presented passages and answer questions—all in a timed testing environment. You will be required to apply concepts that are historically learned in one field to another.
The MCAT exam is designed to find test takers that have certain unique skills that are directly correlated with success in medical education. The MCAT exam is not meant to be a barrier to entry into the field of medicine; rather, it is meant to identify those who will succeed and even thrive in the challenging environment of medical school and medical practice.
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