Next Step to Med School: MCAT Blog

At Next Step, we believe in educating first. Our MCAT blog was created to reflect this value. Our articles are written by the same MCAT experts who write our MCAT books, MCAT practice exams, and our MCAT course materials. We also partner with guest contributors regularly, both professionals and industry experts, to make sure that you are getting information that is not only relevant, but accurate.

Learn from the best with this free MCAT resource, updated with new articles regularly. If you need to know about a specific MCAT subject, changes being made to the MCAT exam, and general information about the MCAT, our blog is the perfect place for you.

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Mar 27, 2020
How To Prep For The MCAT During COVID-19

Did your MCAT get canceled due to COVID-19? Think you might have to extend your prep? We’ve compiled the best tips to help you prep for the MCAT right now!

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Mar 25, 2020
Next Step is now a Blueprint Prep Company

Have you noticed some changes to the Next Step site? Let’s talk about them! Next Step Test Prep is excited to announce a merger with Blueprint Test Prep

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Mar 10, 2020
How to Improve Memory and Recall for the MCAT March 2020

The heavy content load on the MCAT requires you to remember a seemingly endless amount of facts, figures, rules, and laws. How can you even remember all of that?

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Mar 09, 2020
Prepping for the MCAT During Freshman Year

Freshman year is usually a time to “find yourself” but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on your MCAT prep!

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Feb 21, 2020
My Journey From Night Student To Med Student

This personal essay was written by Halley Darrach, a member of the Next Step Pre-Med Advisory Council. For many college students, their coursework is their job – something work-studies, volunteering, and other activities must be scheduled around. Even in the best of circumstances, course scheduling can be an expensive, high-stakes juggling act. But what happens […]

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Feb 17, 2020
MCAT Timing Strategies – February 2020

The MCAT gives you nearly eight hours to answer 230 questions. You could break that down to about 29 questions every hour. However, you won’t spend the same amount of time on each question——or rather, you shouldn’t. Some questions might require you to read a long passage. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track […]

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Feb 14, 2020
Free Pre-Med Valentine’s Day Cards

Dating as a pre-med is hard. Between classes, MCAT prep, externships, and volunteering, finding enough time to be in a relationship–much less find someone to start one with–is near impossible. So, we decided to help you out with our pre-med Valentine’s Day cards. Each card was lovingly drawn by our artist-in-residence and features a pun […]

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Feb 11, 2020
How to Create an MCAT Study Schedule – February 2020

What should an MCAT study plan look like? Should you take a full-length practice MCAT every day? Next Steps’ MCAT instructor Phil Hawkins walks students through how to create an MCAT study plan in this MCAT webinar

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Feb 04, 2020
Should I Apply to Caribbean Medical Schools?

It’s safe to assume there are three things you will hear once you decide you want to become a doctor: It’s hard, you need to study for the MCAT (and that’s not a cakewalk either), and don’t go to a Caribbean medical school. The first two seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll inevitably wonder, are Caribbean medical schools really that bad?

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Jan 30, 2020
Pre-Med Advisory Council Series: The Journey to Medical School and Beyond – January 2020

Want to get an inside look at what life is like once you’re a resident? Watch an Open Q&A with Dr. Zach Frabitore, an Anesthesiologist Resident at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Frabitore talks about his experience as a non-trad student—from reapplying to medical school after not getting accepted the first time to […]

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Nov 14, 2019
How to Create an MCAT Study Plan – November 2019

Your MCAT study plan is just as important as the materials you’re using to study. If your plan is lacking something, you won’t be able to do as well as you can on the MCAT. If your plan is convoluted, then you’re setting yourself up for burnout. MCAT instructor Phil Hawkins goes over what makes […]

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Nov 06, 2019
CARS Master Class November 2019

This free Master Class will be covering the CARS section (Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section) in its entirety.

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Oct 22, 2019
How to Understand Periodic Trends

Learn how to predict element properties and efficiently use the periodic table for the MCAT.

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Oct 21, 2019
What to Ask Your PreMed Advisor

Don’t be intimidated by your pre-med advisor. We put together a list of questions to ask them to help you build a relationship with them and get through the med school admissions process.

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Oct 17, 2019
Easy Glycolysis Explanations

Ah glycolysis, the dread of every pre-medical student that is initially felt in their biochemistry class and once more while studying for the MCAT. Luckily, there are only a few things that you need to know about glycolysis when studying for the MCAT. We’re going over a few easy glycolysis explanations to better ingrain and understand these topics and eventually the first year of medical school.

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Oct 16, 2019
So You Wanna Be a Doctor – October 2019

We’re going over everything you need to do to become a doctor in this free webinar, from the MCAT to college courses to applying to med school.

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