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MCAT Study Schedule: 2 Months

We updated our MCAT study schedule May 4th, 2017 to coincide new lessons and practice questions. Students can follow the earlier version (Dec 2016 – April 2017) in this Google Doc. Best of luck to you! ~ Kat

2 month mcat study plan

Your 2 Month MCAT Study Schedule

In an ideal world, everyone would have the ability to devote 20 hours per week to studying for the MCAT over a period of 15 weeks or more with the target total study time of 300 hours. However, the majority of pre-med applicants are juggling classes, work, families, or some combination thereof. However, strategy and consistency are at least as important as the total number of hours studied. By following the MCAT study plan that is listed below, you will review every major area of the MCAT in only 8 weeks at a rate of 25-30 hours per week.

If you’re ready to start crafting your schedule then go for it! But in order to begin your studying, you’ll want to collect essential and recommended materials.

How to follow this study schedule

  • Before moing forward, make sure you have the essential materials listed under the header “MCAT Essential Materials”.

 

  • Each week, you will see a list of Magoosh videos to watch. There is time set aside each day for watching them, and the rest of the day you will be reviewing subject areas. For instance, on Week 1, Day 1, you will study physics, chemistry, and practice “Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills” passages. There is also time at the end of each day to answer sample questions and quiz yourself with flashcards.

 

  • To study concepts in more detail, you will probably want to consult scientific textbooks or online sources. Suggestions are listed under the header “MCAT Highly Recommended Materials”.

 

  • The schedule is designed to be followed at a rate of 5 hours per day, 6 days per week, but you can stretch it out or condense it to fit your needs.

 

MCAT Study Plan: Essential Materials

  • The Magoosh Premium MCAT Test Prep curriculum includes over 300 video lessons, 740 questions that can be taken as 3 tests, and unlimited email assistance from MCAT tutors. The lessons are taught by a diverse team of experts, including two physicians, a medical sociology professor, higher education physics teacher, and a CARS expert.

 

  • The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, (4th edition), published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, is available in electronic and print formats. It is very important that you purchase the 4th edition, because the MCAT exam was reconstructed in 2015.

 

  • Magoosh’s webapp flashcards are specifically designed for the new MCAT! Our free bundle contains 237 flashcards. This is a great starting place to assess your knowledge and improve your scientific vocabulary. The flashcards can be accessed online and as an app on your iPhone or Android.

 

  • The AAMC practice test. The practice test is a crucial tool, and our study plan suggests you take it within the first week. Not only will it give you with a scaled score, it also provides an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, both in terms of content and question type.

 

 

  • One or more large notebooks or electronic documents divided by content area (biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry, sociology, psychology, and CARS). You need a consistent place to store notes that allows you to quickly draw diagrams and write equations. Unless you have a computer or tablet with a high-quality stylus, a paper notebook is essential.

MCAT Highly Recommended Materials

  • AAMC second practice test. Since there are only 2 practice tests written by the creators of the MCAT, I recommend purchasing this in addition to the practice test listed in the “essential materials” section. Just like the first practice test, you can take this 5 times to make sure you are able to correct mistakes from earlier run-throughs.

 

 

  • If you haven’t already visited The Student Doctor Network, it’s definitely a site to bookmark. This nonprofit organization started in the mid 1990s, and their forum has threads written by pre-health students, medical students, physicians, osteopaths, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. There are thousands of threads on the MCAT. (FREE)

 

  • AAMC Online practice questions for biology, chemistry, and physics. These are reasonably priced and written by the test makers. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • AAMC MCAT section bank for biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. Students who have taken the MCAT since it was revised in 2015 have complained that many of the MCAT practice tests and prep books don’t reflect the increased focus on biochemistry and the social sciences. The writers of the actual MCAT developed an online bank of 300 practice questions for these 3 subjects, which are underrepresented in the universe of MCAT test prep materials. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • The AAMC online CARS practice passages. You will need at least 50 practice passages, and this online bundle is reasonably priced and contains 120 passages. Make sure to read the social science and humanities passages and ignore the natural science passages, because they no longer appear on the actual exam.If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • Barron’s MCAT flash cards. Make sure to order versions dated 2015 or later. This is a great resource for more in-depth explanations of major concepts. It is one of the few sources that lists and describes each of the major and minor topics on the AAMC’s need-to-know list. The cards provide detailed descriptions of concepts along with formulas and diagrams, but if you come across concepts you haven’t encountered in the past, you will also want to supplement your review with outside studying.

 

  • AAMC Online practice questions for biology, chemistry, and physics. These are reasonably priced and written by the test makers. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • AAMC MCAT section bank for biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. Students who have taken the MCAT since it was revised in 2015 have complained that many of the MCAT practice tests and prep books don’t reflect the increased focus on biochemistry and the social sciences. The writers of the actual MCAT developed an online bank of 300 practice questions for these 3 subjects, which are underrepresented in the universe of MCAT test prep materials. If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • The AAMC online CARS practice passages. You will need at least 50 practice passages, and this online bundle is reasonably priced and contains 120 passages. Make sure to read the social science and humanities passages and ignore the natural science passages, because they no longer appear on the actual exam.If you already have books or online program with sample MCAT questions, you can certainly use those instead.

 

  • Supplementary texts: The site Boundless Publishers has free online textbooks and quizzes derived from open educational resources. One of the great things about this website is that, like Wikipedia, content is continuously uploaded and revised by the community, so information tends to be up to date. The following online textbooks are useful for MCAT studying: Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics.

 

Final Thoughts

If you are considering following through with this 2 month MCAT study plan, don’t allow the time constraints to get the best of you. Focus on developing a sustainable rhythm and overcoming the temptations to procrastinate or cram. Best of luck to you!

8 Week MCAT Study Schedule

Week 1, Sunday

View these Magoosh MCAT videos:

  • MCAT Intro and MCAT Study Schedule

Take 1 Full-Length Magoosh Practice Test

  • Make sure you set aside 7 or more hours for the exam. You can review answers when you’re done, but there will also be time to do this later in the week.

Week 1, Monday

View these Videos:

  • Physics: The Nature of Physics through Trigonometry II
  • Chemistry: Atomic Structure through Electron Configuration

Register

  • Make sure to register for the exam sometime this week

CARS

  • Read the chapter in the Official Guide on Critical Analysis and Reasoning in
    the AAMC guide.
  • Answer questions for 2 sample passages, untimed.
  • Review explanations for each question, even those that you answered correctly.

Flashcards:

  • Choose a sample from each major subject area
  • Spend 15 Minutes flipping through your deck

Week 1, Tuesday

View MCAT Videos

  • Biology: Cell Basics through Plasma Membranes
  • Psychology: How to Study Psychology through Sensation and Weber’s Law

Review concepts from previous day

Practice Flashcards for 15 Minutes

Week 1, Wednesday

Watch the Following Videos:

  • Organic Chemistry: Stereochemistry & The Fisher Projection through More on Enantiomers
  • Sociology: How to Study Sociology through Introduction to Sociology

Read

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review concepts from previous day

Flashcards 15 Minutes, you choose your subjects of focus

Week 1, Thursday

View MCAT Videos:

  • Physics: Vectors and Scalars through 2D and Projectiles
  • Chemistry: Periodic Table through Bonding

Read

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Flashcards 15 Minutes, focus on Organic Chemistry

Week 1, Friday

View MCAT Videos:

  • Biology: Transit Across Membranes through Viruses
  • Social Psychology: Agents of Socialization through Social Facilitation

Review concepts from previous day

CARS

  • Complete 3 sample passages, untimed.
  • Use the remaining time to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Flashcards 15 Minutes, focus on Biology

Week 1, Saturday

Most weeks, I want you to take 1 day off per week. But this first week, I recommend you take the AAMC practice test on Saturday. Make sure you set aside 7 and a half hours to take the test. The computer marks and tags the questions you missed. You will review the answers next week.

Week 2, Sunday

View

  • Physics: Force and the Three Laws through Inclines
  • Chemistry: Intermolecular Forces through Stoichiometry Problems

Review  

  • Skim the questions you missed on your practice exam last week. You will have time to look into this in more detail on Friday.

IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO MORE CARS QUESTIONS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Flashcards: All Topics, 15 Minutes

Week 2, Monday

View

  • Biology: Molecular Genetics through Transcription and RNA
  • Organic Chemistry: Racemates vs. Meso Compounds through Cycloalkanes

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes              

Week 2, Tuesday

View

  • Chemistry: Reaction Classifications through Reaction Theory
  • Psychology: Piaget’s Stages of Cognitive Development through Confirmation Bias and IQ

Read 30 minutes

Review yesterday

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 2, Wednesday

View

  • Chemistry: Equilibrium through General Chem 1 Passage Sample Questions
  • Bio/BioChem: Translation through Enzyme Regulation

Read 30 minutes

Review concepts from yesterday

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 2, Thursday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Physics: First and Third Laws through Statics
  • Psych: Sleep and Consciousness through Memory

Review concepts from previous day

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 2, Friday

Take 2nd Full-Length Magoosh Practice test.  At this point, you might be taking a test that contains questions you have already come across, but it is still good practice.  Make sure you set aside 7 and a half hours to take the test. The computer marks and tags the questions you missed. You can review the answers immediately after completing the test, but there is also time to review the answers next week.

Week 2, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 3, Sunday

View

  • Chemistry: Thermochemistry and Heat through State Functions Intro
  • Physics: Energy and Velocity through Collision Problems

Review concepts from previous day

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 3, Monday

View

  • O-Chem: Isomer Problems through SN1 and SN2 Reactions                     
  • Bio/BioChem: Metabolism through Electron Transport Chain
  • Sociology: Sociological Theories and Perspectives through Social Exchange and Rational Choice Theory

Review concepts from previous day

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 3, Tuesday

View

  • O-chem: Substitutions Summary through Eliminations
  • Bio/Biochem: Metabolism in the Cell through Meiosis
  • Social Psychology: Identity and Self-Esteem Part I through Status and Roles

Read

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review concepts from previous day

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 3, Wednesday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Chemistry: Enthalpy through Gibbs Free Energy
  • Bio/Biochem: Spermatogenesis through Neurulation

Read

  • Spend 30 Minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review Concepts from Previous Day

Flashcards 30 minutes

Week 3, Thursday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Physics: Temperature through Optics
  • Psych: Conditioning and Reinforcement through Language

Review

  • Review concepts from previous day

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 3, Friday

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review  

  • Review concepts from the entire week.  Use this time to work on anything that will help you with the mechanics of the test: registration, applying for fee assistance, or learning stress reduction techniques.  Complete any exercises you missed earlier in the week. If you are caught up, use this time to answer practice questions.

Week 3, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 4, Sunday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Chemistry: Spontaneity through Kinetic Molecular Theory
  • Physics: Mirrors through Physics 1 Passage Sample Question

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Review concepts from last week

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards All Topics, 15 Minutes

Week 4, Monday

View

  • O-chem: Alkynes through Ethers
  • Bio/Biochem: Fetal Circulation through Biology 1 Passage Sample Question
  • Soc: Feminist Theory through Intersectionality Part II

Review concepts from the previous day

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 4, Tuesday

View

  • O-chem: Ether Synthesis through Mass Spectroscopy
  • Bio/BioChem: Intro to Cells of the Nervous System through Speed of Impulse and Synapse
  • Physics: Electrostatics through Electric Dipole

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review concepts from previous day

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 4, Wednesday

View Magoosh Lessons

  • Chemistry: Solutions through Common Ion Effect
  • Bio/BioChem: Muscle Anatomy through Muscle Fibers

Read

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review concepts from previous day

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 4, Thursday

View

  • Physics: Electromagnetism through Induced Magnetic Fields
  • Social Psych: Expression and Detection Parts I and II

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Review concepts from previous day

Test Yourself

  • Practice questions from AAMC bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 minutes

Week 4, Friday

Take the second AAMC practice test, if you purchased it. Otherwise, retake the first AAMC exam or take one of the Magoosh Exams.  

Week 4, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 5, Sunday

View

  • Chemistry: Selective Precipitation through Acids and Bases
  • Physics: Circuits and Ohm’s Law through Resistors

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed. Make sure passages are from the post-2015 MCAT.

Review

  • Skim the explanations to the questions you missed in last week’s practice exam

Test Yourself

  • 45 Minutes: Practice questions from today’s content

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 5, Monday

View

  • O-Chem: UV Spectroscopy through HNMR
  • Bio/BioChem: Autonomic Nervous System through Bones and Hormone
  • Sociology: Epidemiology through Demographic Groups Part 1

Review concepts from previous day

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 5, Tuesday

View Magoosh Videos

  • O-Chem: CNMR through Carboxylic Acid Synthesis
  • Bio/BioChem: Muscle Types and Terms through Blood Circulation… of the Heart
  • Physics: Capacitance through Alternating Current

Read

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review concepts from previous day

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 5, Wednesday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Chemistry: Neutralization Reactions through Redox Reactions
  • Bio/Biochem: Hemoglobin and Myoglobin through Clotting

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Review concepts from Sunday-Tuesday of this week

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 5, Thursday

View Magoosh Videos

  • Physics: Waves through String Wave Problem
  • Psych & Social Psych
    • Foundations of Emotions and Universal Emotions
    • Dramaturgy and Impression Management

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Review concepts from previous day

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions

Flashcards 15 Minutes

Week 5, Friday

TODAY IS A DAY TO ASSESS AND CREATE YOUR FIRST SET OF HOT TOPIC LISTS!!

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review  

  • Spend today reading the explanations to the practice test you took last Friday. Read the explanations for the questions you missed and the questions you answered correctly. On a separate document, create a list of the topics you had difficulty with.

Compile

  • Look through your notes from weeks 1-5.  Create a list of the 10-20 topics you feel least confident about.

Flag the lists you created in steps 2 and 3. These are your HOT TOPICS LISTS. As the test gets closer, you will devote more time to these topics during the time set aside for reviewing.

Week 5, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 6, Sunday

View

  • Chemistry: Galvanic Cells through Reduction Potential
  • Physics: Closed Pipe Waves through Pendulums

Review  

  • Look over the Hot Topic lists you made last week.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Test yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions.  If you have been through all your practice questions more than 3 times for each set, spend this time reviewing terms from your Hot Topics lists.

Flashcards

  • Divide your flashcards into piles:  a) know; b) sort of know; c) don’t know

Week 6, Monday

View

  • O-Chem: Carboxylic Acid Reactions through Anhydrides
  • Bio/Biochem: Immunology through Liver
  • Psychology: Identity through Defense Mechanisms

Review

  • Look over the Hot Topic lists.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions.  If you have been through all your practice questions more than 3 times for each set, spend this time reviewing terms from your Hot Topics lists.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “sort of know”  pile

Week 6, Tuesday

View Magoosh MCAT Videos

  • O-Chem: Amines through Peptides
  • Bio/BioChem: Endocrine System Intro through Adrenal Gland
  • Physics: Photoelectric Effect through Radioactive Decay

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review  

  • Look over the Hot Topic lists.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “don’t know”  pile

Week 6, Wednesday

View

  • Chemistry: Thermodynamics through General Chemistry 2 Passage Sample Questions
  • Bio/BioChem: Pancreas through Biology 2 Passage Sample Questions

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Review  

  • Look over the Hot Topic lists.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “don’t know”  pile

Week 6, Thursday

View

  • Physics: Types of Decay through Physics 2 Sample Practice Questions
  • Sociology: Demographic Groups Part 2 through Demographic Transition

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Review Your Hot Topics Lists

  • Practice writing open-ended descriptions of several items on your list, and let your mind discover associations between these topics and other MCAT content.  See what connections you can make across subject areas.

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions.  If you have been through all your practice questions more than 3 times for each set, spend this time reviewing terms from your Hot Topics lists.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes on cards from “know” and “sort of know” piles

Week 6, Friday

Take 3rd Full-Length Magoosh Practice test.  At this point, you might be taking a test that contains questions you have already come across, but it is still good practice.  Make sure you set aside 7 and a half hours to take the test.

Week 6, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 7, Sunday

View Magoosh MCAT Videos

  • Chemistry: Phases through Colligative Properties
  • Physics: Fluids and Solids through Hydrostatics

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Review

  • Look over the practice test you took Friday.  Carefully read the answer explanations.  If you were shaky on some concepts, add them to your Hot Topics list.

Week 7, Monday

View Magoosh MCAT Videos

  • O-Chem: Proteins through O-Chem 2 Passage Sample Questions
  • Bio/BioChem: Digestive and Digestive Enzymes through Intestines
  • Psych: Mental Illness             

Review  

  • Look over the Hot Topic lists.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Test Yourself  

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions.  If you have been through all your practice questions more than 3 times for each set, spend this time reviewing terms from your Hot Topics lists.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “don’t know”  pile

Week 7, Tuesday

View

  • Bio/BioChem: Genetics Intro and Mendel’s Laws through Sex Determination and Inheritance
  • O-Chem: At this point, you should have watched all the organic chemistry lessons.  Go to the lessons page and look at the title of each lesson.  Ask yourself if you know the names and structures of each of them.  If you don’t, choose the 2-6 lessons that are fuzziest in your memory, and watch those.
  • Sociology: Fertility and Mortality

Review  

  • Look over your Hot Topic lists.  Research any of the topics you haven’t had a chance to get to yet, accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “don’t know”  pile

Week 7, Wednesday

View

  • Chemistry: General Chemistry 3 Passage Sample Questions
  • Bio/BioChem: Inheritance Patterns through Biology 3 Passage Sample Questions

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Compile and Review

  • Today, you will begin a new Hot Topics List.  Hold onto your originals, but create a new document or section of your notebook and title it:  Hot Topics Weeks 6 & 7.  Review your notes from week 6 and create a list of the 3-6 topics you feel least confident about.

Week 7, Thursday

View Magoosh MCAT videos

  • Physics: Hydrodynamics through Elastic Moduli
  • Psych: Personality Disorders through Nervous System Disorders

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Review

  • Look over your notes you took this week (Sunday through today). Add 3-6 topics to your new Hot Topics List.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself on cards from your “sort of know”  pile

Week 7, Friday

Take the first or the second AAMC practice test one more time.

Week 7, Saturday

Take 1 day off per week

  • If you can’t pull yourself away from the test, review flashcards. You can also use this day to read upbeat MCAT blogs or research medical schools you might want to attend.

Week 8, Sunday

Review   

  • Look over the practice test you took Friday.  Carefully read the answer explanations.  If you were shaky on some concepts, add them to one of your Hot Topics lists.
  • Look over your Hot Topic lists.  Choose 3 topics to research and review in greater detail accessing external sources (textbooks, Wikipedia) if it’s helpful to do so.

Compile Flashcards  

  • Reduce your stacks of flashcards to 100 items.  Include cards you are weak on, and put the rest of the bunch out of sight.

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Week 8, Monday

Compile and Review  

  • Go back to the original set of notes you took during weeks 1-5.  Everything you see should either be something you know well, or it should be on a Hot Topics list.  If this is not the case, add it to one of your lists.

Read  

  • Spend 30 minutes reading magazine articles about current events

Week 8, Tuesday

Research

  • I want you to spend all of your study time today organizing your Hot Topics Lists along with the notes you have taken on the items.  By the end of the day, all items on your lists should have accompanying notes.

CARS

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself from the deck of 100 cards you created Sunday.

Week 8, Wednesday 

Review and Prune

  • Look over your Hot Topics Lists along with the notes.  Prune these lists down to 2 sheets of paper (or 4 pages on a document) containing the content you still need to commit to memory.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself from the deck of 100 cards you created Sunday.

CARS  

  • Complete 4 sample passages in 40 minutes. Use the remaining 20 minutes to assess the questions you missed

Week 8, Thursday

Review Your Whittled-Down Hot Topics Pages

  • Practice writing open-ended explanations to each of these, and let your mind discover associations between these topics and other MCAT content.  See what connections you can make across subject areas.

Flashcards

  • 15 minutes quizzing yourself from the deck of 100 cards you created Sunday.

Test Yourself

  • 45 minutes practice questions from AAMC Question bank or Magoosh questions.  If you have been through all your practice questions more than 3 times for each set, spend extra time reviewing terms from your Hot Topics lists.

Week 8, Friday

Saturday is a common MCAT test date. Take today off and rest.  Prepare your food and beverages for the exam and set out comfortable clothes for the next day.  Download or bookmark directions to the testing site, and make sure you have your ID and wallet in a conspicuous place where you won’t forget them.  

Week 8, Saturday

Good luck!

 

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About Kat Thomson

Kat Thomson has a PhD from UC San Francisco with degrees in medical sociology and health psychology. Since 2005, she has been teaching premed and nursing students across the US. Kat collaborates with other experts to create quality MCAT products, and above all, she enjoys she enjoys mentoring students. While Kat does love feline cats, she happens to be allergic to them, adding a new dimension to the concept of autoimmunity.


2 Responses to “MCAT Study Schedule: 2 Months”

  1. Ivy says:

    Is there any way you can put up the OLD schedule as well? That was the one I was using and it was so useful, very inconvenient to come back to have the schedule completely changed because now I’m not sure where I am in my studying. Love the schedules but we should get a warning if major changes are going to be made or at least a link to the old ones for those of us using them.

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