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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Jun 06, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class: Non-Traditional Applicant

Did you miss our Non-Traditional Applicants 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 06, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class: Top 5 Mistakes Applicants Make

Did you miss our 5 Applicant Mistakes 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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Jun 06, 2019
Med Admississions Personal Statement Master Class

Did you miss our Personal Statement 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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Jun 06, 2019
Med Admissions Master Class

Did you miss our Med School Admissions 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 […]

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May 30, 2019
CARS Master Class May 2019

Get all the CARS strategies and tips you need during this informative Master Class.

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May 30, 2019
When Should I Take My MCAT Diagnostic Exam?

If you’re planning to begin preparing for the MCAT in the near future, you might have heard about the importance of taking a diagnostic exam in the early stages of your prep. If not, we’ve got you covered.

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May 24, 2019
Med School Admissions Master Class Series with Dr. Ryan Gray

Take advantage of exclusive medical school admissions Master Classes led by Dr. Ryan Gray, founder of Medical School Headquarters and Next Step’s Admissions Consulting Curriculum Director.

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May 23, 2019
MCAT Super Review: Batteries and Bio May 2019

It’s crazy to think that the same electrochemical cells present in AA batteries are in our bodies’ nerve cells. These cells are responsible for a number of different functions to help our bodies thrive. More importantly, they’re a topic that will come up on the MCAT!

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May 22, 2019
Identifying Methodological Flaws in Studies

One of the things that really surprises students about the MCAT is the heavy focus on how experiments are set up and ran. This can really catch a student off-guard, as most undergrad courses don’t really emphasize this. But from the point of view of the AAMC, it’s obvious that they want to test this. In order to be a good doctor, you need to be able to understand the quickly changing research that is coming from our more experimental-minded colleagues. It’s incredibly important for doctors to know when a certain treatment is likely to help, and when it may make matters worse.

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May 16, 2019
What to do with a Low MCAT Score – May 2019

AAMC studies show that many students improve just 2-3 points on an MCAT retake. However, it’s not taking the test again that is the challenge; it’s figuring out what to do differently the second time around.

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May 02, 2019
How I Got a 99th Percentile MCAT Score – May 2019

Join Sophia Stone, a Next Step Content Manager, as she interviews two former MCAT survivors and finds out what strategies they used and how others can follow in their footsteps. This webinar is perfect for those shooting for that almost perfect score, or simply want to rise up a few points.

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Apr 22, 2019
MCAT Public Office Hours: Memorization April 2019

There is no shortage of information to memorize for the MCAT. Three out of the four sections require extensive content knowledge and deep understanding of complex topics. If you just started your MCAT prep, you might feel overwhelmed. However, there are certainly strategies and methods to make this daunting task a little more manageable.

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Apr 17, 2019
Should You Retake the MCAT?

Sometimes things don’t work out the first time around. The MCAT will permit you to take the test again – up to three times a year or seven times in a lifetime. If you have to retake the test, you’re not alone. According to data released by the AAMC, thousands of students retake the test every year. Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare thoroughly for the second try, you risk getting a score that’s the same or lower than your original score.  For the overwhelming majority of retakers, there’s nearly a 1/3 chance that you’ll get the same or lower score. This emphasizes how important it is to prepare thoroughly for an MCAT retake.

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Apr 05, 2019
MCAT Master Class: Metabolism and Glycolysis

When studying biochem for the MCAT, there are three important things to focus on: Principles, Physiological Function, and Interconnections with other subject matters (i.e. amino acids and acid-base chemistry, carbohydrates and stereochemistry, and metabolism and physiology. Glycolysis is pretty sweet—pun definitely intended—and metabolism is just as important. This webinar delved into these two topics and […]

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Mar 27, 2019
4 Things Every Pre-Med Needs on their Application

Holistic review. That’s the keyword to keep in mind when applying to medical school. A lot of important numbers fly around when you’re thinking about med school, like your MCAT score and your GPA, and while these numbers are undoubtedly important, they are all just pieces of an overall larger puzzle. At the end of the day, there are a few things that differentiate good applicants from great applicants, and four things that shouldn’t be missing from any medical school application.

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Mar 21, 2019
MCAT Public Office Hours – Science Passage Strategy

Next Step instructor Phil Hawkins led students through several MCAT-style science passages during this session. Students learned how to breakdown the content and find answers to the question sets. Phil scored in the 99th percentile on his own MCAT and even answered students’ questions during the live Q&A.

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