MCAT Apps Worth The Download

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If you're preparing to take the MCAT, there are a number of study aids available, including apps, books, review classes and tutors. An MCAT app can be a particularly useful tool because unlike classes or tutors, you can review whenever you want, and unlike thick study books, an app is easy to take with you. 

Studying for the MCAT isn't something you can do in a few days. According to Kaplan, which administers a number of graduate school exams, you should expect to spend about 300 hours studying. The Association of American Medical Colleges offers a ​comprehensive study guide with sample review schedules and other resources. The following apps have all received reviews of four stars or higher from users and experts at Apple's App Store and Google Play. Use them as stand-alone study aids or in conjunction with other MCAT reviews. ​

Ready4 MCAT (Prep4 MCAT)

Ready4 MCAT application
Ready4 MCAT

Maker: Ready4 Inc.

Available For: iOS and Android

Price: $149.99 (a free version gives you access to three sample tests)

Key Features:

  • Full-length sample MCAT exams
  • More than 1,600 practice questions prepared by Princeton Review
  • More than 1,000 study flashcards, plus 70 review lessons.
  • Princeton Review summaries of 172 medical schools with MCAT data so you can compare your results with how other students fared.

Why Buy? Princeton Review is an established test-prep company that has been in business for more than three decades. The app uses the same rigorous review material found in Princeton Review's MCAT review texts.

McGraw-Hill Education MCAT Practice Test Questions

Maker: gWhiz, LLC

Available For: iOS and Android

Price: $9.99 (there's also a free version with a limited number of sample tests).

Key Features (paid version):

  • 390 MCAT questions from McGraw-Hill's MCAT prep books
  • Detailed solutions in the answer key
  • Four practice tests
  • Performance tracking so you can assess your performance in each of the test sections (chemistry, biology, etc.).

Why Buy? McGraw-Hill is an established name in educational publishing and test prep resources. The free version of this app is a good way to get a feel for what to expect on the MCAT, and the paid version is moderately priced.

MCAT: Practice, Prep, Flashcards

Maker: Varsity Tutors

Available For: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Key Features

  • Timed, full-length practice tests
  • Reviews and explanations of test results
  • Flashcard maker

Why Buy? Varsity Tutors is an established test-prep company. This app was named best education app at the 2016 Appy Awards. Although this app is more limited than paid versions, it's a good way to familiarize yourself with MCAT testing.

MCAT Prep: MCAT Flashcards

Maker: Magoosh

Available For: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Key Features:

  • Test your knowledge with flashcards covering these MCAT categories: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics, psychology, and sociology. 
  • The app doesn't need internet access to operate, so you can use it anywhere.
  • Tag review questions as "mastered", "reviewing," or "learning" to track your progress.
  • Create a free online account to save your test results.

Why Buy? Magoosh is a recognized name in test-prep publications and online services. Although this app has far fewer features than paid versions, it is a good complement to other MCAT review options like classes and texts.

MCAT Flashcards by Kaplan

Maker: Kaplan

Available For: iOS and Android

Price: Free

Key Features:

  • Get 50 review flashcards with the free app, or log in to your Kaplan account for access to more than 1,000 cards.
  • The ability to customize your cards so you can make the most out of your study sessions.
  • Track your progress with statistics to review your performance.

Why Buy? If you're already enrolled in a Kaplan test-prep review course, this is an excellent study aid. Kaplan is also an established name in the test-prep industry. It's worth noting that while this app gets a four-star review at the Google Play store, it has lower scores at the Apple App Store.