Are you planning to attend medical school? If so, it’s probably no surprise that a strong MCAT score—among other attributes and experiences—will be an important part of ensuring that you are a competitive applicant.

Studying for the MCAT though is no easy feat. Many students spend months preparing. Some will engage in self-study; utilizing books, class notes, and flash cards. While others opt for in-person or online courses through test preparation companies like Kaplan, Examkrackers, or Princeton Review. Additionally, Internet-based options range from free sites, such as Khan Academy, to fee-based resources like the official MCAT practice questions and tests.

With all of these options, deciding how to best prepare for such a high-stakes exam can be a difficult decision. Consider this:

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) reminds students that, “There’s no right or wrong way to prepare for the MCAT exam.”

“There’s no right or wrong way to prepare for the MCAT exam.”

It’s true. The first step in devising your plan should be to reflect on how you best learn and retain information. To read about how successful MCAT examinees prepared, check out the testimonials the AAMC hosts on its website. You might just find the inspiration you need.

And, if you haven’t already, be sure to meet with Lindsey Burdick, the university’s Pre-Health Advisor. Lindsey is an expert in all things medical school, and can help you to navigate the larger preparation and application processes. Remember, the MCAT is just one aspect of your application. From deciding when to take the exam, to thinking through co-curricular activities and course planning, Lindsey is well suited to guide you as you aim to strengthen your profile as an applicant.


To meet with Lindsey, contact the College of Science and Health’s Office of Advising and Student Services at (773) 325-8490.