MCAT Prep Study Guides

If in-person or online MCAT Prep through Manhattan Elite Prep is not a possibility for you, study guides for this exam are critical.  Many students often are confused as to what to pursue in regards to MCAT Prep study guides, textbooks or practice tests.

In regards to MCAT Prep study books, here are some options for you with comprehensive breakdowns to help you find your way in the bookstore!

The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam 2nd Edition

*NOTE This Guide does not include practice tests. AAMC sells them separately on their website for $35 each.

Updated in 2011, the second edition of this guidebook provides extensive information on "everything MCAT." It was developed by the MCAT team, with feedback from focus groups conducted among medical school aspirants and current medical students to determine the content, which includes:

  • 140 questions from actual MCAT exams, none of which appear on practice tests
  • 2 new writing sample prompts, each with 3 sample essays
  • All questions include detailed explanations of both the correct and incorrect answers
  • Tips to help come up with the right solutions
  • Difficulty levels of questions, revealing what percentages of examinees answered correctly on actual tests
  • 6 chapters about the exam, registration and test day procedures, how scores figure in admissions and more
  • Updated data to help determine the likelihood of increasing or decreasing your scores upon a retake, and by how many points
  • Current data that show what percentage of applicants were admitted to medical school, based on MCAT scores and GPAs combined
  • A look at how MCAT scores factor into the admissions decision, with insights from a former associate dean of admissions

The Gold Standard MCAT with Online Practice

The 16th Edition of The Gold Standard is THE complete and fully updated review for the new Medical College Admissions Computer Based Test (MCAT CBT). The 16th Edition of The Gold Standard continues to be one of the best selling manuals, standing as the flagship for the industry. The Gold Standard includes a comprehensive and easy to understand review of the MCAT, 3 pull-out full-length practice exams with explanations, also available as MCAT CBTs online for free, and hundreds of pages in full color! NEW features include three dimensional color diagrams, MCAT objectives at the beginning of chapters, equation lists, free online chapter review questions with explanations, and an organic chemistry mechanisms summary. BONUS No.1: Students also get The 3 Gold Standard exams as MCAT CBTs - free and online. BONUS No.2: Free online access to ten hours of teaching videos! The 16th Edition of The Gold Standard covers all key aspects of medical school admissions. All science sections are covered in detail. Proven verbal and writing strategies are designed to aid the student to competently prepare for the MCAT verbal reasoning section. The "Five Minute, Five Step" approach to the writing sample, tried and tested by students throughout the world is elucidated. Conversion tables for your MCAT scores are included. The Gold Standard will teach you how to improve your grades, how to prepare for the medical school interview, strategies for autobiographical materials and letters of references, and much more. Over 100 diagrams and illustrations take the MCAT learning experience to a new level!

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