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low costReview Books: $20-$120average costOnline Course: $160-$2,000high costTutoring: $500-$2,000
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Products and services like books, online and in-person courses and private tutoring can help prepare students for the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT.

Typical costs:

  • MCAT review books and practice tests typically cost $20-$120. For example, an online practice test[1] administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges costs $35. The book Cracking the MCAT[2] , published by The Princeton Review, costs $51 and includes formulas, diagrams and study tools for each section of the test. The book also includes online access to 4 full-length practice tests.
  • An online MCAT prep course typically costs $160-$2,000. For example, Ace Test Preparation[3] offers an online course for $400 which includes 8 practice tests, 40 hours of online lectures, practice questions, and online tutoring for specific strategies. Kaplan[4] offers the MCAT Advantage On Demand course for $1,900, which includes online video instruction accessible any time of the week and a higher-score guarantee.
  • An in-person course or group tutoring for the MCAT can typically cost $500-$2,000 and may last one to several weeks. For example Emory University in Atlanta offers an MCAT test prep course for $1,350 with 36 hours of classroom instruction. Located in Seattle, Sandweiss Test Prep[5] courses cost $1,800 for 28 sessions and include MCAT instruction with an experienced tutor covering every section of the exam. Private tutoring for the MCAT typically costs $75-$250 per hour, and can take place in-person or online. Next Step Test Prep[6] offers an 18-hour package of online tutoring for $1,650 ($92 per hour) or a 25-hour package for $2,200 ($88 per hour). Princeton Review[7] offers private tutoring at locations across the U.S. starting at $6,500 for a 48-hour package ($135 per hour).
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What should be included:
  • MCAT prep courses or materials should include sample questions, at least one full-length practice test and study tools to cover all sections of the test, including physical sciences, verbal reasoning, biological sciences and writing prompts. The Association of American Medical Colleges website includes sample questions[8] for each of these topics, in addition to its full-length tests.
Additional costs:
  • The MCAT costs $235 for the standard registration fee.
Discounts:
  • Members of the American Medical Student Association[9] can save 10% off Kaplan study programs. Some universities also offer discounts to members of a pre-med club, such as the University of New Mexico[10] , which offers a 15% discount off Kaplan test prep courses.
Shopping for mcat prep:
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges[11] provides MCAT study plans, practice tests for purchase ($35 each) and test day tips. There is also a free practice test[12] .
  • The Accrediting Council of Continuing Education and Training offers a searchable directory[13] for accredited test prep organizations in the U.S.
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  7.  www.princetonreview.com/medical/mcat-test-preparation.aspx
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