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How overwhelming is MCAT prep

Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:18 am

I'm not taking it for awhile, and I'll be thumbing through my books a bunch before I take it (power outages in Africa just give me the urge to read ochem by candle light lol) but I was wondering if it would be doable to take Kaplan prep over the course of a few months while taking inorganic chem as one of my prerequisites. Kinda bummed I didn't get it out of the way in undergraduate but what are ya gonna do? Oh and I'll be working as a nurse's assistant...still gotta eat and sleep somewhere.

So...is the class too much? Should I take inorgranic first then the class?

Dumb question too-- 8 credit hours = inorganic 1&2 right?

Re: How overwhelming is MCAT prep

Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:12 pm

That's alot. It is doable but it will take longer than you think with all your responsibilities. You may have to start studying for the new MCAT. The class won't be too much but having taught the class, most of your learning 60-80% of it, will be on your own. The class helps organize the high yield info but is not sufficient by itself. I would take inorganic first and then the class. No single class will give you 8 credit hours, even in the semester system. So yeah, approximately 2 classes of intro chemistry or one year if you're on the semester system.

Re: How overwhelming is MCAT prep

Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:09 am

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