Roberto Garcia

Roberto describes himself as a realistic person who sets realistic goals. He studied for 9 months, and viewed the study time as motivation during a challenging time in his life.

N. Sanchez

Taking as many practice tests as possible helped N. Sanchez score a 515 the second time he took the MCAT exam, a significant increase from his first score.

Christina from Howard University

Christina took the MCAT exam after eight weeks of full-time study. Originally a biology major, Christina switched to political science in order to get “a more well-rounded education,” and was able to draw on some of that coursework in her preparation, particularly for the Critical Analysis and...

Lauren Morehead

After receiving her first full-length test score, Lauren was almost discouraged enough to give up. But with her exam date around the corner, she began to really focus on her preparation and stop comparing herself with other people.

Lara Ambrosi

Lara scored a 516, 1 year after scoring a 29 on what she describes as “the worst test in [her] life.” An international student who grew up speaking three languages, Lara overcame her shortcomings on her first attempt at the MCAT by slowly building up from the basics, using practice questions, and...

Da'Kuawn Johnson

Da’Kuawn used a creative strategy: blending disciplines in his class notes to mirror the sections in the MCAT exam. He used the AAMC Sample Test and Practice Exam 1, a set of Kaplan books, textbooks, and notes from his classes.

Huy Do

Huy scored in the 70th percentile while juggling school, research, and studying for the MCAT.

Taylor Sanders

Taylor used an array of approaches to prepare for the MCAT exam. She recommends Khan Academy, which was her “best friend” when she was studying.

Troy Kleber

Troy relied heavily on free resources from the public library and free online materials. He spent a total of $20 to prepare for the MCAT exam.

Munir Buhaya

Munir achieved a 513 on his fourth overall attempt at the MCAT exam. Through his previous attempts on the old version of the MCAT, he understood where his problem areas were and created a 24-week study plan that focused primarily on these areas and also incorporated psychology and sociology because...

Cameron Clarke

A 2017 Rhodes Scholar, Cameron got a 515 on his first attempt at the MCAT exam. He spent 12 weeks studying for the exam and took a Kaplan course offered through his school. Since he had not taken any sociology or physics courses as an undergraduate, Cameron focused on teaching himself the skills he...

Zoe Cosner

Zoe achieved a 520 on her first attempt at the MCAT exam by starting with a thorough review of the content to identify her weaknesses, moving through full-length tests, Question Packs and the Section Bank, and slowly building up the intensity of her study sessions.

Joshua L. Morris

Joshua was pursuing a master’s degree in physics when he changed course and decided to attend medical school. As a result, he had to create a self-study plan for sections he did not have much background in—particularly psychology and sociology and the subjects covered in the Biological and...


Creating a personalized study plan helped J.H. achieve a score of 523.

Nathaniel Neptune

Nathaniel, now a medical student at the Duke University School of Medicine, prepared for the MCAT exam by taking full-length tests and clarifying concepts he had misunderstood. When he answered a question correctly but was not confident about how he’d gotten the right answer, he would review the...

K. Oyemade

K. graduated from college more than a decade ago and spent many years working and raising a family. She needed a study plan that included time to refresh her knowledge of subjects she had taken as an undergraduate, while also allowing her time to delve into and learn new material well enough to...

Sarah Becker

Sarah achieved a 512 on her first attempt at the MCAT exam by creating a 26-week study plan and setting manageable daily and weekly goals to build the confidence she needed to do well.

Kayla Jackson

Kayla attended a commercial test prep course that helped her improve her content knowledge, but it was her strict self-study schedule and good time management that bolstered her score.

Molly E.

Molly focused on practice questions and created a set of personalized flashcards that helped her score a 525.

Student at Creighton University

This student consulted with her parents, her professors, and successful MCAT examinees to target both areas of weakness and strength.

Laura J. Collins

To keep from “getting arrogant,” Laura specifically set aside time for reviewing content in her strongest areas. Repeated practice helped her overcome her weaknesses and reinforce her strengths.