After a comprehensive review of a multitude of MCAT prep courses from both small and large companies, we have decided to rank the Princeton self-paced course as the best course in the market. In making this decision, we considered important factors to consider like cost, content review, books, practice exams, and test-taking skills taught on standards of both quantity and quality.
10 MCAT books
15 computer practice exams.
235 Practice Drills (Passage-based Questions)
101 Targeted-practice question banks
Course re-take at no extra cost*
Signing up for any of the Princeton Review courses affords you access to eight full-length practice tests with follow-up diagnostic reports to help you identify your main areas of weakness and to track your progress through the length of the course. In addition to the practice tests, you also get access to a variety of online resources, including "content drilling tools" and a jam-packed video library of lectures on all of the MCAT topics.
While we think that the self-paced course is the best value and course overall, there are multiple options available for a student who might want more involvement from an instructor who obtained a top score on the MCAT, from private tutoring, to group courses, to simple Q&A sessions, both live and in-person.
As a Princeton Review on-site or online student, you are entitled to repeat your course for any reason at no extra charge. If you don't do well on the GRE, or you simply want to push your exam date back, simply re-enroll in the Princeton Review course. The caveat here is that you must attend all course sessions, finish all assigned practice tests, and complete all homework assignments during your initial course attempt, and you must re-enroll within a certain time-limit.
Many top companies have Q&A forums that students can post on and get questions answered, regardless of what course they have purchased. The Princeton Review GRE course does not have this.
While we found many of the content video to be well made, there a not-insignificant number of videos where we were left scratching our heads wondering how this video made it to the roster. The other issue with the content videos is that many of them were not made to help memorization, but to an explain a concept. While we can appreciate the value of a well-explained physical phenomenom, in subjects like psychology and sociology, sometimes we just need to hear a term like intersectionaly repeated a few times to help us memorize it's definition, not a 10 minute explanation on what it means. However, we had found this to be the case in almost all of the prep courses we had reviewed, so we did not dock too many points for this issue.
While there was many contenders for this prestigious distinction