MCAT Study Schedule

Gold Standard MCAT Study Schedule to Help Plan your MCAT review

Gold Standard 3-month MCAT Study Schedule

Week 1

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Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide Bio/Biochem Chapter* - Understanding the Foundational Concepts and Content Categories Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide Psych/Soc Chapter* - Understanding the Foundational Concepts and Content Categories Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide Chem/Physics Chapter* - Understanding the Foundational Concepts and Content Categories GS Physics Chapters 1 & 2 - Translational Motion; Force, Motion and Gravitation GS Bio Chapter 1 - Generalized Eukaryotic Cell Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide CARS Chapter* - What Will the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section Test?
Practice Questions Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT Psychological, Social & Biological Foundations of Behaviour Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT + post-test analysis GS Physics Chapters 1 & 2 online practice questions GS Bio Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT + post-test analysis AAMC MCAT2015 Mini Test + post-test analysis
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None None GS Org Chem Chapter 1 - Molecular Structure of Organic Compounds;
GS Gen Chem Chapter 1 - Stoichiometry
GS MCAT Math Chapters 1 to 3 - Basic Math Practice; Numbers and Operations; Scientific Measurement GS Biochem Chapter 1 - Biological Molecules (Amino Acids to Carbohydrates) EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture ii - Research and Reasoning Skills for the MCAT None
Practice Questions Post-test analysis of Bio/Biochem sample questions Post-test analysis of Psych/Soc sample questions GS Org Chem Chapter 1; GS Gen Chem Chapter 1 online practice questions GS Math Chapter 1 online practice questions + GS Math Chapters 2 & 3 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Biochem Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture ii (book) In-Class Exam practice questions + post-test analysis GS Free practice Test + post-test analysis
Gold Notes Compile brief notes from your post-test analysis Compile brief notes from your post-test analysis Compile brief notes from your content review of GS Org Chem and Gen Chem chapters; post-test analysis of the AAMC MCAT Guide Chem/Physics sample questions Compile brief notes from your content review Compile brief notes from your content review Compile brief notes from your content review; post-test analysis of the AAMC MCAT Guide CARS sample questions Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Supplementary Review GS chapter online videos EK MCAT Reasoning Skills (Book): MCAT Math Section (Rounding, Scientific Notation, Logs, Equations and Proportionality, Graphs, Units) + practice questions; GS chapter online videos Amino Acids Quizzes;
GS online chapter videos
Khan Academy videos on Cells

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.



If you do not own the Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide , you may read detailed information about the different test sections on the AAMC website as follows:
*Day 1 - Overview of MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section (AAMC)
*Day 2 - Overview of MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section (AAMC)
*Day 3 - Overview of MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section (AAMC)
*Day 6 - Overview of MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section (AAMC)

Week 2

WEEK 2

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GS Bio Chapters 2 & 3 - Microbiology; Protein Synthesis GS Psych Chapters 1 to 3 - Sensory Perception; Sensory Receptors; Perception - Somatosensory GS Org Chem Chapter 2 - Stereochemistry GS Phy Chapters 3 & 4 - Particle Dynamics; Equilibrium GS Bio Chapters 4 to 6 - Biotechnology; Specialized Eukaryotic Cells and Tissues; Nervous and Endocrine Systems EK MCAT Reasoning Skills -
Lecture 1:
Introduction to CARS: Strategy and Tactics;
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The Main Idea; Lecture 3: Answering the Questions
GS Gen Chem Chapter 3 - Bonding
Practice Questions GS Bio Chapters 2 & 3 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 1 to 3 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapter 1 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions*

*Depending on your math skills, you may also choose to reserve doing the Physics practice questions after completing the Math review.
GS Bio Chapters 4 to 6 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lectures 1, 2 and 3 (book) In-Class Exam practice questions + post-test analysis GS Gen Chem Chapter 3 online practice questions
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GS Biochem Chapter 1 - Biological Molecules (Lipids to Phosphorous in Biological Molecules) GS Soc Chapters 1 & 2 - Social Interactions; Social Behaviors in Humans GS Gen Chem Chapter 2 - Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table GS MCAT Math Chapter 4 - Algebra None None None
Practice Questions GS Biochem Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 1 & 2 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 2 online practice questions GS Math Chapter 4 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises None None None
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from Days 1 and 5 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 2 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 3 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 4 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 8 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 6 + compile brief notes from today's content review Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Biomolecules Khan Academy Sensory Perception videos GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on MCAT Chemistry GS online chapter videos GS online chapter videos GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 3

WEEK 3

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GS Bio Chapter 7 - The Circulatory System GS Psych Chapters 4 to 8 - Perception - Taste (Gustation); Smell (Olfactory) Perception; General Overview of Kinesthesia, Proprioception, Balance and Equilibrium; Hearing (Auditory) Perception; Sight (Vision) Perception GS Org Chem Chapters 3 & 4 - Alkanes; Alkenes GS Phy Chapters 5 & 6 - Work and Energy; Fluids and Solids GS Bio Chapters 8 to 10 - The Immune System; The Digestive System; The Excretory System EK MCAT Reasoning Skills - Lecture 4: Advanced CARS Skills Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Practice Questions GS Bio Chapter 7 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 4 to 8 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Bio Chapters 8 to 10 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture 4 (book) practice questions
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GS Biochem Chapters 2 & 3 - Enzymes, Thermodynamics and Buffers; Cellular Metabolism GS Soc Chapters 3 & 4 - Social Interactions with Animals; Social Structures and Culture GS Gen Chem Chapter 4 - Phases and Phase Equilibria GS MCAT Math Chapters 5 & 6 - Geometry; Trigonometry GS Biochem Chapter 4 - Metabolism II None
Practice Questions GS Biochem Chapters 2 & 3 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 4 online practice questions GS Math Chapters 5 & 6 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Biochem Chapter 4 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions CARS Practice Tests 1 & 2 + post-test analysis
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems Khan Academy videos on Society and Culture GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Chemical Processes GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Physical Processes GS online chapter videos Khan Academy CARS videos

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 4

WEEK 4

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GS Bio Chapters 11 to 13 - The Musculoskeletal System; The Respiratory System; The Skin as an Organ System GS Psych Chapter 9 - Reception and Initial Processes of Sensory Inputs - Consciousness GS Org Chem Chapters 5 & 6 - Aromatics; Alcohols GS Phy Chapters 7 to 9 - Wave Characteristics and Periodic Motion; Sound; Electrostatics and Electromagnetism GS Bio Chapters 14 & 15 - Reproduction and Development; Genetics None Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Practice Questions GS Bio Chapters 11 to 13 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapter 9 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 7 to 9 online practice questions GS Bio Chapters 14 & 15 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions CARS Practice Tests 3 to 5 + post-test analysis
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MCAT Biochemistry Review Summary GS Soc Chapters 5 & 6 - Demographics; Social Inequality GS Gen Chem Chapter 5 - Solution Chemistry GS MCAT Math Chapter 7 - Probability and Statistics GS Bio Chapter 16 - Evolution None
Practice Questions GS passage-based Biochemistry online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 5 online practice questions GS MCAT Math Chapter 7 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Bio Chapter 16 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions None
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio chapter + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems ;
Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages
GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses
except MCAT CARS program);
Khan Academy videos on Social Inequality
GS online chapter videos GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy videos on Physical Processes
GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages
Khan Academy MCAT CARS practice passages

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 5

WEEK 5

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Practice Questions GS Bio Chapter 16 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 10 & 11 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 7 to 9 online practice questions GS Phy Chapter 10 online practice questions AAMC MCAT Biology Question Pack, Vol. 2: second to third quarter of practice questions AAMC MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Question Pack, Vol. 1 + post test analysis
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Practice Questions AAMC MCAT Biology Question Pack, Vol. 1: second half of practice questions; depending on your readiness, you may also opt to take the first quarter of practice questions in the AAMC MCAT Biology Question Pack, Vol. 2 GS-8 Psych/Soc Full-length Practice Test + post-test analysis GS Gen Chem Chapter 6 online practice questions AAMC Physics Question Pack: first half of practice questions AAMC MCAT Section Bank: 1st 100 practice questions AAMC MCAT Biology Question Pack, Vol. 2: last quarter of practice questions
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis Compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis
Supplementary Review Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses
except MCAT CARS program);
Khan Academy MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviors practice passages
GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Chemical Processes GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy MCAT Chemical and Physical Sciences Practice Passage Questions Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages Khan Academy MCAT CARS practice passages;
Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 6

WEEK 6

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Practice Questions GS Psych Chapters 12 to 14 online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 15 to 17 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 10 & 11 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 11 & 12 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 13 & 14 online practice questions AAMC MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Question Pack, Vol. 2: first half + post-test analysis
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Practice Questions GS-9 Psych/Soc Full-length Practice Test + post-test analysis GS-10 & 11 Psych/Soc Full-length Practice Tests + Post-test analysis GS Gen Chem Chapters 7 & 8 online practice questions + AAMC MCAT Chemistry Question Pack: first half AAMC Physics Question Pack: 2nd half of practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapters 9 & 10 online practice questions + AAMC MCAT Chemistry Question Pack: 2nd half AAMC MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Question Pack, Vol. 2: 2nd half + post-test analysis
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review
Supplementary Review GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses except MCAT CARS program);
Khan Academy videos on Biological Basis of Behavior;

Khan Academy MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviors practice passages
GS Psychology Glossary; GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses
except MCAT CARS program);
Khan Academy videos on Individuals and Society;

Khan Academy MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviors practice passages
GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Chemical Processes;

Khan Academy MCAT Chemical and Physical Sciences Practice Passage Questions
MCAT Physics Equation Sheet; Khan Academy MCAT Chemical and Physical Sciences Practice Passage Questions GS Organic Chemistry Mechanisms and Reactions Summary;
Khan Academy MCAT Chemical and Physical Sciences Practice Passage Questions
Khan Academy MCAT CARS practice passages;

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 7

WEEK 7

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Practice Questions AAMC MCAT Section Bank: 2nd 100 practice questions AAMC MCAT Section Bank: 3rd 100 practice questions
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Practice Questions Post-test analysis Post-test analysis
Gold Notes Compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis Compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 8

WEEK 8

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Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-3 Full-length Practice Test Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review NS Full-length #1 Post-test Analysis

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 9

WEEK 9

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Gold Notes Consolidation and Review NS Full-length #2 Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review EK-Test 1 Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 10

WEEK 10

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EK-Test 2 Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-4 Full-length Practice Test Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-5 Full-length Practice Test

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 11

WEEK 11

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Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review NS Full-length #3 Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review NS Full-length #4 Post-Test Analysis

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 12

WEEK 12

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Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-6 Full-length Practice Test Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-7 Full-length Practice Test Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 13

WEEK 13

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AAMC Official MCAT Sample Test (Online) Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review AAMC MCAT Practice Exam (Scored) One (Online) Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review MCAT

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.


We start by working through the AAMC Official MCAT Guide then 1/3 of the time completing the content review; 1/3 of the time working on practice questions to confirm your understanding; and finally, 1/3 of the time completing full-length MCAT practice tests to integrate and apply what has been learned under timed conditions. Each fraction of review and preparation must include time to take very brief notes - we call them Gold Notes - which will be reviewed several times each week.

Our MCAT study schedule is designed to balance your time both reviewing content and practicing. If you wish to pursue a 4-month or 6-month MCAT study schedule, you can consider doubling the time of our 2-month or 3-month schedules, respectively, of you can modify or personalize as you see fit.

The following are key principles behind the Gold Standard MCAT study schedule:

  • Integration of knowledge and concepts

    Just as it takes different elements to create a foundation; and it takes all sorts of concepts to comprise a system, so will the MCAT test your knowledge of how each scientific discipline interacts, interplays and influences with another. This is why our schedule guides you to study a different subject each day.

  • Gold Notes

    One thing that students consistently complain about is that they studied a concept or a process a few weeks before and end up having difficulty recalling during the actual exam. This is where CONSOLIDATION and REINFORCEMENT comes in - and this is what makes our study schedule distinct.

    At the end of your daily content review, you should come up with your consolidated Gold Notes. These are not your regular course notes. Rather, these are notes that resulted from active studying. For example, when reading a chapter, you continually ask yourself, “Do I know this already? Is this related to something else I read? Is this really relevant to the MCAT?” Hence your notes should be very, very brief because you were writing things that trigger an idea. For a better understanding of Gold Standard’s note-taking method, please click here: MCAT Personal Notes.

    You are to read those notes 2-3 times per week and around the fourth week, you are encouraged to set aside one full day consolidating your Gold Notes from the beginning. You will then read these notes every day in the weeks leading up to the exam. Hence you never forget, not because you have become good at memorizing but because you have reviewed and consolidated the same content so many times.

  • Breaks

    The best MCAT study schedule should include rewards, breaks and limitations in review materials. Be sure that good study habits are rewarded with breaks to go out and socialize, exercise, play sports or enjoy some hobby.

    Of course, we believe that the Gold Standard MCAT materials, along with the AAMC practice exams, are all that you need to obtain an MCAT score that would get you accepted to any medical school of your choice. Should you feel the need to use other MCAT prep materials, it will still be wise to be selective.

Most students who are just beginning to prepare for the MCAT usually have three common concerns:

  • When is the best time to take the MCAT?
  • What materials are the best, most effective, most helpful or most representative of the MCAT?
  • How much time do I need to prepare for the MCAT?

The short answer is that most candidates who succeed in the MCAT usually follow a study schedule that involves setting aside at least 3-6 hours per day for 3-6 months of MCAT preparation. Some students may require more or less time depending on whether or not they have completed the recommended introductory-level college courses in biology, physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, psychology and sociology. Of course, this also depends on their performance and comprehension in the mentioned courses.

The following diagram is a result of a Johns Hopkins University MCAT Survey of students who had taken the MCAT in the year that the new version of the exam was first administered (2015), and who scored at the 90th percentile or higher. Among the issues explored was how many months and hours a day that this cohort studied for the exam.

Designing an MCAT study schedule that is most effective and tailored to your own academic and personal circumstances would involve considering several factors. This also requires a much longer discussion.

One important consideration to keep in mind is an honest assessment of the MCAT score that you can achieve against what is required by the medical school you wish to enter. Historically, many medical schools require average or just above average MCAT scores. Be realistic by choosing the medical schools or programs where you have a reasonable chance of getting accepted. Know their MCAT cut-off scores and aim a little higher.

If you are going to aim for an average or above average MCAT score, stop trying to adapt the MCAT study schedule of students who are aiming for Harvard or Yale. Those students should be congratulated on their achievements but their way of studying likely included spending a significant amount of time chasing details that rarely become part of the real MCAT. Assess your own needs, work out your own preparation plan and then stick to that plan.

Prospective students commonly arrange for their MCAT roughly a year before their intended matriculation into medical school. However, varying circumstances may call for careful planning when choosing the appropriate time to take the MCAT. The following are common factors to consider:

  • The Admissions Cycle

    Most medical schools begin interviewing in September. The majority of successful candidates start receiving acceptance letters as early as October 15. Getting over the MCAT hurdle well ahead of the submission deadlines could put you in a more favorable situation in several ways: you would have ample time to procure any supplemental materials that the schools might request; you would have a less stressful time preparing for your interview; and, you would have a better chance of belonging to the initial batch of the entering classes.

    Many schools observe a rolling admissions process - they continue to accept applications until all vacant spots are filled. Applicants with remarkable credentials who wait until the last minute may miss admission into their preferred schools if the schools have already admitted a sufficient number of qualified applicants for the available slots for that particular school year.

  • Course Requirements

    Some medical colleges impose certain co-curricular prerequisites as part of their entry requirements. You may opt to take the MCAT a year before completing any required coursework. You can then focus on finishing your coursework plus any requirements of the medical school you are aiming to apply. You can also work on improving your GPA in the remaining semesters. Other candidates take the opposite route. You should weigh which schedule would work best for you.

    Another factor that you might consider before deciding on a date for taking the MCAT is making sure that you first complete the recommended introductory classes that will help make your preparation easier. Please note that there are no prerequisite courses for the new MCAT, and students are free to choose whether or not to engage in independent self-study or enroll in the college courses that are recommended. Some students who majored in non-science degrees opt to take some classes in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics. This raises their self-confidence and sense of competence and enables them to feel more prepared for the MCAT review and the MCAT itself.

    Should you decide to take college courses to fully prepare for the MCAT, we have outlined the different classes to take while in college so as to prepare for the new MCAT: College Classes for MCAT Preparation.

  • Contingent Results

    Most students take the MCAT during the summer because they are free from university obligations and activities; they feel that they would have more time to focus on their review. You may also take the MCAT in the summer for these obvious reasons but keep in mind that seats fill up fast during this period. This means that in case you do not feel confident or satisfied with your perceived performance, and you might want to retake, slots may no longer be available in your preferred testing center. This may cause a delay in your AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS application. As a precaution, you should provide some allowance for such an event.

With so many preparation materials available in the market nowadays, choosing the most helpful, most effective and/or the most representative of the real MCAT can be quite overwhelming. First, remember that every student is different, so buy into an MCAT study strategy that caters to your specific needs. For most people though, the central working principle for MCAT prep that works follows this formula: content review » practice questions » full length exams.

The best study habits also include a strict limitation on study materials. Some students see MCAT prep as an opportunity to accumulate a private MCAT library of materials! Avoid the trap of stocking up on books and other materials that cannot be fully and meaningfully reviewed. This may lead you to rush through the most frequently tested material in an attempt to “read everything”. Such a strategy would be counterproductive, unduly stressful, potentially frustrating and worse, it might yield a sub-optimal MCAT score. Over-preparation may cause burnout.

The following is a description of review materials offered by Gold Standard MCAT, but most of the advice provided here can be generally applied.

  • MCAT Books/eBooks

    Content review during MCAT prep is normally a review using a book or ebook. The main aim is to understand key concepts that are mostly tested in the real exam. However, reading a chapter is the least efficient way to study because the purpose of a review is retaining information. So we will describe how you can retain information more efficiently:

    Always ‘map’ first. ‘Mapping’ means that you never read a chapter before having already gauged where you are going. Start by reading the first page of the chapter which describes what you should memorize, understand, etc. You also read all the titles and subtitles in the chapter, review all tables and images (as well as their captions). Now you are ready to read and you have the proper concept and objectives.

    The next step is to complete chapter review questions so that you get feedback on your understanding of the material that you read. And finally, you must encode your review and practice experience in quality personal notes. Once the content review and chapter review questions are complete, then you are ready for full-length MCAT practice tests.

  • MCAT Teaching Videos

    Some students like to watch science review videos before or after reading a chapter. Depending on how you learn best, content review can be optimized through the synergy between video and reading material, especially for those with little or no science academic background. Here’s how you can effectively combine videos and content review for your Gold Standard MCAT science preparation (of course, the following can be applied in a similar fashion if you are using Khan Academy MCAT videos):

    Start watching videos from our online MCAT science video library. Start with the Physics or General Chemistry videos which is the more traditional way to begin. Taking notes while watching will also reinforce your retention and understanding of concepts. We recommend that you go through the videos as a first run, like auditing a college course, to get a general idea as to where it is all going.

    In the Gold Standard MCAT online lessons, we offer yet another type of video called Virtual Classroom. These are whiteboard-type lectures where Dr. Ferdinand summarizes particular chapters from the book or ebook. We recommend that you watch these Virtual Classroom videos before reading a particular chapter.

    Ultimately, videos and chapter review questions added to reading a review book will be very important parts of your MCAT prep in order to fully understand and later integrate the most salient science concepts.

  • MCAT Audio MP3

    CDs and MP3s condense many major concepts into a series of conversational lectures, which you can listen to while driving, running or working out at the gym. They are a good source of review for major points and are best used for recalling concepts. You can consider recording your own MP3s from your Gold Notes (i.e. your condensed study notes).

  • MCAT Science Flashcards

    Flashcards are helpful to learn concepts and facts that you are not familiar with, do not understand or keep forgetting. Flashcards are also handy compared to physical books. You can bring them anywhere, which means you can review summarized topics and concepts while waiting for your next class, for the bus, at a doctor’s clinic.

    As you progress with your content review, try to shuffle the flashcards frequently. This will help you bridge information and integrate concepts, which the real MCAT requires in the science sections.

  • MCAT Full-length Practice Tests

    The only way that you can determine for yourself if the MCAT review course you are considering conforms to the standards, scope and format of the actual MCAT is to be thoroughly familiar with the AAMC syllabus.

    Hence, our best advice has always been to start and end with AAMC practice materials. We also strongly suggest that you leave the rest of the AAMC materials and not work on their full-length sample tests until after you have completed your content review. In this way, you will have sufficiently prepared to take practice exams from an official source and can therefore assess your readiness to take the MCAT. For our full advice on taking practice tests, please click here: MCAT practice test advice.

    Nevertheless, non-AAMC full-length MCAT practice tests remain useful for building your speed to answer questions, for testing your knowledge and understanding of the exam content, and to overcome exam anxiety. They may not be reliable in predicting your performance in the actual MCAT. In fact, your scores can fluctuate from one practice test to the next. One reason could be because most of the topics happen to be your weak areas in one set. In another occasion, you may not have been in your best disposition. You must also keep in mind that no practice MCAT is statistically as rigorous as the AAMC’s exams which were tested by tens of thousands of students prior to becoming commercially available. It is therefore important to observe the following when taking your practice exams:

    • ALWAYS complete the practice tests under TIMED conditions.
    • Try to SIMULATE the real conditions when doing a practice test - that is, take it at around the same hours that your exam is scheduled. Also, avoid going to the bathroom or drinking water until the section breaks.
    • Spend one full day doing a very careful post-test analysis. Review one question at a time and learn more from your wrong answers. Of course, each post-exam period should include taking brief notes, which are then reviewed several times per week.

Gold Standard 2-month MCAT Study Schedule

Week 1

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Practice Questions Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT Psychological, Social & Biological Foundations of Behaviour Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT + post-test analysis GS Physics Chapters 1 & 2 online practice questions GS Bio Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills Section sample questions from the AAMC Official Guide to the MCAT + post-test analysis AAMC MCAT2015 Mini Test + post-test analysis
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GS MCAT Math Chapters 1 to 3 - Basic Math Practice; Numbers and Operations; Scientific Measurement GS Biochem Chapter 1 - Biological Molecules (Amino Acids to Carbohydrates) EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture ii - Research and Reasoning Skills for the MCAT None
Practice Questions Post-test analysis of Bio/Biochem sample questions Post-test analysis of Psych/Soc sample questions GS Org Chem Chapter 1; GS Gen Chem Chapter 1 online practice questions GS Math Chapter 1 online practice questions + GS Math Chapters 2 & 3 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Biochem Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture ii (book) In-Class Exam practice questions + post-test analysis GS Free practice Test + post-test analysis
Gold Notes Compile brief notes from your post-test analysis Compile brief notes from your post-test analysis Compile brief notes from your content review of GS Org Chem and Gen Chem chapters; post-test analysis of the AAMC MCAT Guide Chem/Physics sample questions Compile brief notes from your content review Compile brief notes from your content review Compile brief notes from your content review; post-test analysis of the AAMC MCAT Guide CARS sample questions Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Supplementary Review GS chapter online videos EK MCAT Reasoning Skills (Book): MCAT Math Section (Rounding, Scientific Notation, Logs, Equations and Proportionality, Graphs, Units) + practice questions; GS chapter online videos Amino Acids Quizzes;
GS online chapter videos ;
Khan Academy videos on Cells

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.



If you do not own the Official AAMC MCAT Exam Guide , you may read detailed information about the different test sections on the AAMC website as follows:
*Day 1 - Overview of MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section (AAMC)
*Day 2 - Overview of MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section (AAMC)
*Day 3 - Overview of MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section (AAMC)
*Day 6 - Overview of MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section (AAMC)

Week 2

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Introduction to CARS: Strategy and Tactics;
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The Main Idea; Lecture 3: Answering the Questions
GS Gen Chem Chapter 3 - Bonding
Practice Questions GS Bio Chapters 2 & 3 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 1 to 3 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapter 2 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions*

*Depending on your math skills, you may also choose to reserve doing the Physics practice questions after completing the Math review.
GS Bio Chapters 4 to 6 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lectures 1, 2 and 3 (book) In-Class Exam practice questions + post-test analysis GS Gen Chem Chapter 3 online practice questions
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Practice Questions GS Biochem Chapter 1 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 1 & 2 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 2 online practice questions GS Math Chapter 4 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises None None None
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from Days 1 and 5 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 2 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 3 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 4 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 8 + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from Day 6 + compile brief notes from today's content review Consolidation Sunday: review your Gold Notes from the beginning and consolidate what you learned from the beginning of each subject.
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Biomolecules Khan Academy Sensory Perception videos GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on MCAT Chemistry GS online chapter videos GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems Khan Academy CARS videos

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 3

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Practice Questions GS Bio Chapter 7 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 4 to 8 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Bio Chapters 8 to 10 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions EK MCAT Reasoning Skills Lecture 4 (book) practice questions
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Practice Questions GS Biochem Chapters 2 & 3 (book or ebook) Warm up Exercises and online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 3 & 4 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 4 online practice questions GS Math Chapters 5 & 6 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Biochem Chapter 4 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions CARS Practice Tests 1 & 2 + post-test analysis
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems Khan Academy videos on Society and Culture GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Chemical Processes GS online chapter videos; Khan Academy videos on Physical Processes GS online chapter videos Khan Academy CARS videos

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 4

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Practice Questions GS Bio Chapters 11 to 13 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions GS Psych Chapter 9 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 7 to 9 online practice questions GS Bio Chapters 14 & 15 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions CARS Practice Tests 3 to 5 + post-test analysis
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Practice Questions GS passage-based Biochemistry online practice questions GS Soc Chapters 5 & 6 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapter 5 online practice questions GS MCAT Math Chapter 7 (ebook) Warm-up Exercises GS Bio Chapter 16 (book or ebook) Warm-up Exercises and online practice questions None
Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio and Biochem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review and post-test analysis Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Bio chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis
Supplementary Review GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy videos on Organ Systems;
Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages
GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses
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GS online chapter videos;
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GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy videos on Physical Processes
GS online chapter videos;
Khan Academy MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems practice passages
Khan Academy MCAT CARS practice passages

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 5

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Practice Questions GS Psych Chapters 10 & 11 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 7 to 9 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 10 & 11 online practice questions GS Psych Chapters 12 to 14 online practice questions GS Org Chem Chapters 10 & 11 online practice questions Optional AAMC MCAT CARS Question Pack Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 + post-test analysis
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Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and MCAT Math chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review & practice test Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Org and Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of CARS chapters + compile brief notes from today's post-test analysis
Supplementary Review GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses
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*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 6

WEEK 6

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Practice Questions GS Psych Chapters 15 to 17 online practice questions GS Phy Chapters 12 online practice questions GS Gen Chem Chapters 9 & 10 online practice questions
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Gold Notes Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Psych and Soc chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review & practice test Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Physics and Org Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review Review consolidated Gold Notes from beginning of Gen Chem chapters + compile brief notes from today's content review
Supplementary Review (optional) GS Psychology Glossary; GS recommended videos (found in the Lessons section of GS MCAT Prep Courses except MCAT CARS program);
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MCAT Physics Equation Sheet;
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GS Organic Chemistry Mechanisms and Reactions Summary

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 7

WEEK 7

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GS-2 Full-length Practice Test Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-3 Full-length Practice Test Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-4 Full-length Practice Test

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 8

WEEK 8

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Day 50 Day 51 Day 52 Day 53 Day 54 Day 55 Day 56
Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review GS-5 Full-length Practice Test Post-test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review AAMC Official MCAT Sample Test (Online) Post-test Analysis

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.

Week 9

WEEK 9

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Gold Notes Consolidation and Review AAMC MCAT Practice Exam (Scored) One (Online) Post-Test Analysis Gold Notes Consolidation and Review Gold Notes Consolidation and Review Gold Notes Consolidation and Review MCAT

*You can access all AAMC materials by navigating AAMC.org, or you can look at your options in a table that we created on our website. Click here: MCAT Preparation Advice.