Is Khan Academy’s MCAT Prep going away?
The short answer is: not at the moment! In 2020, Khan Academy dropped a bombshell, announcing that their MCAT content would be retired from the Khan Academy website in July 2020, but the end date was extended to September 2021. As of spring 2021, they’re now working with AAMC to keep their videos and practice questions available for students beyond the September date.
This is great news for students—Khan Academy’s free videos have played an important role in MCAT prep for years, particularly since many MCAT prep programs can be prohibitively expensive. It’s unclear if the content will be kept up-to-date or simply left up as an accessible resource, so we’re staying tuned.
If you’re still looking to access the videos, or to explore similar study options, there are other free and low cost resources out there for MCAT video review that you can use instead! We’ve put together this guide to help you.
Will I still be able to access the Khan Academy MCAT videos?
AAMC has announced that the Khan Academy MCAT collection will continue to be available through the AAMC’s MCAT Official Prep Hub. However, as of June 2020, the Official Prep Hub simply links out to the Khan Academy site, so it remains to be seen how these videos will be embedded within the Hub. We’re staying tuned.
In addition, the videos remain available on the Khan Academy MCAT YouTube Channel. However, keep in mind only the lessons are available on the YouTube channel, not the practice questions that were available on Khan Academy.
Like we mentioned above, it’s unclear whether there will be a plan to keep these videos up-to-date. Simply based on the 2020 announcement, it feels unlikely that Khan Academy will do that, so we’ll need to watch how their discussions with AAMC play out.
What can I use for free or low-cost MCAT video prep instead of Khan Academy?
Given the uncertainty over the future of Khan Academy’s MCAT course, you may be looking for some other free (or at least affordable) video-based resources for MCAT content review.
Below are a few of our favorites:
- In light of Khan Academy’s announcement, we’ve made our “Must Watch MCAT Lesson Videos” FREE – check them out here!
- Magoosh also has free MCAT flashcards for iOS, Android, and web (not video-based, we know, but they are number #1 in the App Store for MCAT!).
- You can also get a year’s worth of access to Magoosh’s complete premium MCAT Prep (including almost 400 videos) for under $300.
We are focusing on MCAT video resources here, but if you’re interested in books, take a look at our MCAT book reviews, as well.
- Leah4Sci’s YouTube channel
- Professor Dave Explain’s YouTube channel for chemistry
- CrashCourse for psych (warning: a bit cheesy!)
- AK Lectures for biochem
- We’re also aware that students are sharing the KA content on Reddit and Discord, although we can’t endorse any copyright violations 🙂 !
- Although not video-based, student-created Anki flashcard decks are also very popular for MCAT review.
We know this is a lot of uncertainty for MCAT students in the middle of their prep! At Magoosh, it’s our mission to make test prep more accessible, effective, and enjoyable. We are actively working on ways to make our content more accessible, given these big changes from Khan Academy, so leave a comment and let us know how we can help!