"For students who have economic need, they get a free official guide, they get a free self-assessment package and then we have a free practice test that's available to everyone," says Karen Mitchell, senior director of the admissions testing service at the AAMC. For $30, students can purchase the AAMC publication "The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam." The online self-assessment package is available for $104, and seven additional practice exams are available for $35 each.
MOOCs: Massive Online Open Courses are online classes that are essentially open to the public. "[Students] can go in and sign up for a biology course or a chemistry course or a physics course. And there's no cost," Mitchell says.
Coursera and EdX are two of the more popular MOOC providers. The sites offer classes through a number of universities, such as the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.
No matter what resource a student chooses for studying, Holden encourages aspiring doctors to place studying for the MCAT at the top of their priority list.
"You have to learn the language of the MCAT," she says. "You have to devote time to it."
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