How Should I Prepare?

Now that you know how the MCAT is changing, here are five steps you should be taking now:
1. Talk To Your Pre-Med Advisor:
Make an appointment as soon as possible. Your advisor will be your ally as you prepare all parts of your application for medical school and decide which test to take. Don’t wait too long; your advisor has loads of valuable information to help you.

2. Plan Your Academic Schedule:
The new MCAT includes additional prerequisites, which will require additional planning to manage the heavy course load.

Changes in Course Prerequisites for the MCAT

text1-img General Chemistry 1: Atomic structure, Periodic Table organization, periodic and group trends, chemical interactions and bonding, gas laws General Chemistry 2: Covers thermochemistry, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, solution chemistry, phase changes, acids and bases, and Redox reactions Organic Chemistry 1: Topics include nomenclature, molecular symmetry, three-dimensional molecular structure, hybridized orbitals, isomerism, substitution and elimination reactions Organic Chemistry 2: Reactions of benzene, carbonyl-containing compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, biomolecules and organic synthesis
Physics 1: Usually covers non-calculus based kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, momentum, springs and wave motion Physics 2: Usually covers electricity, circuits, electrostatics, magnetism, fluid statics and dynamics, some modern physics, and optics Biology 1: Cell biology, organelles, cell metabolism, mitosis, meiosis, Mendelian genetics, DNA replication, transcription, translation, and evolution Biology 2:  Anatomy/physiology of the nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal, digestive, immune, excretory, respiratory, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems
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text2-img gcI gcII Organic Chemistry 1: Topics include nomenclature, molecular symmetry, three-dimensional molecular structure, hybridized orbitals, isomerism, substitution and elimination reactions Organic Chemistry 2: Reactions of benzene, carbonyl-containing compounds, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, biomolecules and organic synthesis biochem1 Intro Sociology: Usually covers sociological theory, institutions, demographics, socialization, deviance and conformity, and social structure
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3. Do Your Research:
Check out the AAMC’s Official Guide to the MCAT 2015 Exam. The Preview Guide details exactly what content and skills will appear on the new exam; it also includes several sample passages and questions.


4. Understand The Impact On You:
Get a copy of Kaplan’s MCAT 2015: What the Test Change Means for You Now, a new book exclusively about the new MCAT with advice on planning coursework, sample passages and questions, and access to Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 Practice Test.


5. Stay Up-To-Date With Kaplan:
Sign up for exclusive e-mail updates. We’ll keep you informed on the new MCAT and what we’re doing to help you prepare for it.


6. Try some sample questions