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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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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Oct 15, 2019
How is the MCAT Scored?

Why is MCAT scoring so weird? We’re breaking down how the MCAT is scored and what that 500 really means.

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Oct 07, 2019
Top 5 Medical Horror Movies

Gather ‘round you sleep-deprived pre-med students for it’s finally time to take a break from your endless flashcards and heavy books. Put on your stethoscopes and listen closely for I’m about to haunt your evening with the top 5 medical horror movies that every pre-med student should watch.

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Oct 04, 2019
How to Register for the MCAT

It’s always a mad dash to register for the MCAT because popular dates and test centers fill up quickly. To help take some of that stress off, we explain what you’ll need to register for the test.

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Sep 26, 2019
What College Classes will Help You on the MCAT?

With the forthcoming Medical College Admission Test looming over you, it should bring you some relief to know there absolutely are college classes that can help you with some of the subjects on the exam.

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Sep 23, 2019
MCAT Chemistry Master Class – September 2019

What is on the MCAT Chemistry section? Our MCAT instructor takes you through the different MCAT topics and a few practice problems.

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Sep 18, 2019
Secrets to a 99th-Percentile MCAT Score

To earn a 99th-percentile MCAT score, you’ll need  discipline, personal accountability, and enough time to study. Admittedly, there’s a lot more to it than that, and no one can describe it better than someone who was in your shoes and knows exactly what you’re going through. Next Step Test Prep MCAT instructor Phil Hawkins divulges […]

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Sep 17, 2019
2020 MCAT Dates

The 2020 MCAT testing dates have been officially released by the AAMC! Registration for these tests will open in late October 2019, but popular dates go fast!

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Sep 06, 2019
How Do I Form a Strong MCAT Study Group?

There is a golden rule amongst medical students when trying to learn something: “See one, do one, teach one.” Essentially it breaks down to this: You see the material once, you try it out yourself, but then you teach it to someone else. It’s really that last step where you understand something. You can’t really […]

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Sep 01, 2019
Med School Admissions Master Class: MMI Overview

In this next installment of Dr. Ryan Gray’s Medical School Admissions Master Class, Ryan will take a look at the mysterious MMI (Multiple-Mini Interview). Have you received an invitation to one of these from a school? Confused about what they are and how to prepare for it? Dr. Gray will walk students through what you […]

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Aug 20, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About the CASPer

Did you get an invitation to complete the CASPer? This is not a meeting with the Friendly Ghost! We explain what the CASPer is, who needs to take it, and how to prepare for it!

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Aug 19, 2019
Data-Driven Science Passages – August 2019

Admit it: Do your eyes glaze over when reading a dense, science-heavy passage? It’s easy to get lost in the terminology and data, making this question type intimidating for many MCAT students. This review provides an interactive discussion of figures and data on the MCAT – how to approach data, trends, and figures that appear […]

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Aug 14, 2019
MCAT Master Class: Metabolism and Glycolysis – August 2019

You might already have a basic understanding of metabolism—at the very least, you should know it slows down as we age. However, to fully understand metabolism as it relates to the MCAT, we need to take a deeper look into Bioenergetics. What is glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway? How does thermodynamics play into […]

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Aug 11, 2019
5 Tips to Prep for the MCAT During the School Year

Let’s face it, the MCAT is a difficult exam to study for at any time. It gets harder when you try to prep for it while you’re still in school. Fortunately, it’s definitely not impossible, and with the help of the below tips, you’ll be able to confidently take the MCAT next spring!

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