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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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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Aug 06, 2019
Intro to the MCAT – August 2019

Are you thinking about attending Medical School? If so, you don’t want to miss this. One of Next Step Test Prep’s top instructors, Phil Hawkins, discusses the basics of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), what it covers, how it is scored, how it weighed in your medical school applications, and even cover a few […]

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Jul 23, 2019
CARS Super Review – July 2019

CARS is a thorn in many students’ sides. It’s often viewed as the most difficult section of the MCAT exam because it is so very different from the others. There is no foundation of content to rely on with CARS. It is entirely skills-based. So what is a pre-med to do? In this session, Phil […]

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Jul 16, 2019
MCAT Webinar: Let’s Talk About Kidneys July 2019

Humans are born with 4 kidneys. When they grow up, two become adult knees. During this MCAT Review, we’re dissecting the kidney. Err…not literally, but we will be reviewing Nephrons, Glomerulus, and the Excretory System. Phil Hawkins, our 99th-percentile MCAT instructor will take a look at this physiology topic and explain what you need to […]

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Jun 27, 2019
MCAT Super Review: Physics Equations June 2019

Memorizing equations is, unfortunately, a big part of MCAT prep. You will undoubtedly come across problems that require you to conjure up equations you learned in your physics classes. But, which equations should you focus on and what are the best ways to memorize them?

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Jun 14, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class: Secondaries

Did you miss our Secondaries Master Class? Don’t worry! You can still benefit from the content covered in this highly rated session. We know how difficult the med school admissions process can be. There are so many steps, so many essays, and all of it matters. This FREE Master Class was led by our Admissions […]

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Jun 13, 2019
MCAT Super Review: Acids and Bases – June 2019

Acid-base chemistry has long been, and still is, a high-yield topic on the MCAT. In chemistry, there are different approaches classifying acids and bases. During this session, one of our course instructors, Phil, will guide a review of high-yield chemistry strategies, with a focus on acids and bases. Phil will be available to answer any […]

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Jun 12, 2019
How to Create an Effect MCAT Study Plan June 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. Join Sophia Stone, a Next Step Content Manager, […]

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Jun 12, 2019
MCAT Master Class: Amino Acids and Nucleotides

If there’s one topic that pops up time and again on the MCAT, it’s amino acids. That’s why we devoted an entire Master Class around them and nucleotides to teach you everything you need to know about them. Led by Phil Hawkins, this webinar reviews biomolecules and analytic techniques. Hawkins scored in the 99th percentile […]

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Jun 11, 2019
Integrating AAMC Materials into your MCAT Prep

The AAMC Prep Resources are an invaluable part of your MCAT prep, but you can’t solely rely on them. Find out how to integrate the AAMC materials into your MCAT study plan.

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Jun 06, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class: Are You Ready to Submit?

Did you miss our Are You Ready to Submit Master Class? Don’t worry! You can still benefit from the content covered in this highly rated session. We know how difficult the med school admissions process can be. There are so many steps, so many essays, and all of it matters. This FREE Master Class was […]

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Jun 06, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class: Selecting Schools

Did you miss our Selecting Schools Master Class? Don’t worry! You can still benefit from the content covered in this highly rated session. We know how difficult the med school admissions process can be. There are so many steps, so many essays, and all of it matters. This FREE Master Class was led by our […]

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