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Week 1

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem
10:00 - 10:30 Break Break Break Break Break Break
10:30 - 12:00 Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem Biology Organic Chem
2:30 - 3:00 Break Break Break Break Break Break
3:00 - 4:30 Light Review Light Review Light Review Light Review Light Review Light Review
4:30 - 5:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Week one is about learning the layout of the MCAT, the style of the questions and basically what to expect come test day. The MCAT is less about knowing concepts and more of knowing how to apply the concepts to the passage based questions of the test.

On the first day of study, you should begin by taking a full length practice test from AAMC and timing yourself (5.5 hours). By timing yourself you will get a better feel for how long you have to answer each question and how long you have for each passage.

As you are working through the first AAMC practice test, feel free to consult the website alongside the exam as a means to answer the questions. You are just trying to get a feel for the test and how much time you have to answer each question. Worry about memorization of concepts, equations and constants later.

For the first week, try to review the subject you are most comfortable with from college. Read through every page, taking notes and trying to understand all of the concepts. It will be impossible to retain all the concepts simply by memorization come test day. You need to truly understand and be able to apply them which is why focused reading and connecting ideas are all important.

You should reference the official AAMC topic sheet while you read the test and learn the cognitive skills tested on the test. By understanding what the test is going to ask of you, it will be easier to get a higher score on the MCAT.

We personally recommend starting with the physics section of the site.

Regardless of which topic you choose, come test day there will be no reference guide to go along with the test. For that reason you should begin to memorize the physics equations in the physics reference guide from the first week. You should constantly be reviewing these equations, writing them down and trying to understand what they mean. If you start with physics and then move onto the other subjects in descending order of difficulty you should have no problem doing well on the test.

A good recommended order would be

The MCAT is not about being able to regurgitate information and answer multiple choice questions. You will be given passage based answers that will require you to apply concepts from all over your college study. This is why it is important to spend the first week learning the structure of the MCAT and beginning to review the concepts.

When you are ready, click here to move onto Week 2 of the 12 Week MCAT Study Plan.

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