MCAT Apps Worth The Download

 

When it's your time to get prepare for the MCAT, you have a ton of options available to you. Some people prefer to study with books – they buy them so they can study in the library, at their kitchen tables, or in between classes. Others will register for MCAT classes, hire a MCAT tutor, or take free practice MCAT tests online. But there is a growing number of people who prefer to prepare for standardized tests like the MCAT on their iPhones, iPads and iPods with MCAT apps. Why? So they can get the best possible MCAT score, of course. Some of these apps are great to use independently, while others are best used as a supplement. Either way, if you're one of those people who want to use the latest technology to study, then take a look at these MCAT apps. They've all been reviewed for your preparation pleasure. Enjoy!

McGraw Hill's MCAT Exam Prep

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Maker: gWhiz, LLC

Use With: iPad and iPhone

User Ranking: 3/5 stars

Price: The starter pack with 25 questions is free, but you'll need to do in-app purchases of each section to get all the features listed below. Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics are each $19.99, and the flashcards are $29.99. So, if you'd like to download everything, you'll be spending over one hundred bucks.

Key Features:

  • 500 MCAT questions from McGraw-Hill's MCAT prep books
  • Detailed solutions in the answer key
  • 600 Flashcards outlining key terms, concepts and formulas
  • View your strengths by category and quiz history so you can hone your skills

 

Why Buy? The idea of toting around a huge book is unappealing and you don't want to pay for a full study course. Although the in-app purchases are expensive, the concepts covered are comprehensive. Plus, McGraw-Hill is a recognizable name in test prep, so you know you'll have recourse if something is not working correctly with your purchase.

MCAT+

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Maker: Arcadia Prep, Inc.

Use With: iPad and iPhone

User Ranking: 4/5 stars

Price: The download is free, but you'll need to spend $9.99 for MCAT Chemistry, Biology and Physics, which relate to the Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences sections.

Key Features:

  • Scratch pad with pen tools, so you can draw on the whiteboard to figure out problems
  • Bookmark features so you can come back to challenging problems
  • A timer
  • A discussion board in case you want to review your work with other students who have downloaded the app
  • A scoring matrix so you can determine your strengths and weaknesses

 

Why Buy? Affordability. For only $30.00, you get an MCAT app that you can take with you anywhere.

MCAT

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Maker: Sprockit, Inc.

Use With: iPad and iPhone

User Ranking: 4.5/5 stars

Price: $2.99

Key Features:

  • Features these topics, which are listed separately in case you'd like to specify your study: Organic chemistry, general chemistry, polyatomic ions, general biology, molecular genetics, cell metabolism, nervous system, embryology, physics, root words, and the skeletal system
  • Organize and review your study sessions with flashcards you design yourself

 

Why Buy? You want comprehensive content for almost nothing. This app features a ton of concepts that will be tested on the MCAT and you get everything for the download price.

MCAT Flashcards By Kaplan

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Maker: Kaplan

Use With: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

User Ranking: 4/5 stars

Price: Free, but there's a catch! You have to be a registered member of one of Kaplan's MCAT courses in order to download it!

Key Features:

  • 1400 + Flashcards about regularly tested content in physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry and biology
  • The ability to customize your cards so you can make the most out of your study sessions – skip the concepts you already know well.
  • Track your progress with statistics that help you figure out what you "know", "don't know", and are "unsure" of.

 

Why Buy? You'd like to study with a recognizable name. And since you're already signed up for one of Kaplan's courses, you want to take your study session on the road with you.

SDN MCAT Pearls

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Maker: Isha Innovations

Use With: iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

User Ranking: 4.5/5 stars

Price: $2.99

Key Features:

  • Built using AAMC's MCAT curriculum, so you can trust the content to be accurate
  • Contains the most commonly tested content on the MCAT
  • Features comprehensive, searchable chapters in Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics
  • Taken from the free, internet version that has attracted over 150,000 users
  • Most reviewers give this app a 5 star!

 

Why Buy? Credibility. You want to be sure you're getting content knowledge from the AAMC.