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MCAT Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How you study for the MCAT depends on your goals, preferred study style, schedule, and more. The best way to study for the MCAT is to find a method that works for you, make a plan, and stick with it. You may want to study in a traditional classroom, live online, on your own, or even with a tutor. Your MCAT study plan should include reviewing content, learning strategy, as well as realistic, full-length practice.
  • The answer to "is the MCAT hard?" is "it doesn't have to be". The MCAT covers a lot of content, and asks you to use what you know in new or unfamiliar contexts. The length of the MCAT is also a test of your stamina. As you get to know the MCAT's content in your prep course, you'll also learn strategies for conquering the test.
  • How long you'll spend studying for the MCAT depends on where you start, what your target score is, and what your schedule is. The average student will spend 240 hours on their MCAT prep over several months. You'll want to study until you are consistently scoring in your target range on full-length practice tests, and feel comfortable with every aspect of the MCAT.

  • How long you'll spend studying for the MCAT depends on where you start, what your target score is, and what your schedule is. The average student will spend 240 hours on their MCAT prep over several months. You'll want to study until you are consistently scoring in your target range on full-length practice tests, and feel comfortable with every aspect of the MCAT.

  • The AAMC has testing limits on how many times you can take the MCAT exam. Voids and no-shows count toward your lifetime limits. Remember that you can only be registered for one seat at a time. The MCAT exam can be taken up to 3 times in a single testing year and up to 4 times in a 2 consecutive-year period. The MCAT exam can be taken up to 7 times in a lifetime.