We tutor for high performance on the MCAT. Period. We don't tutor for any other test.
We are MCAT specialists and experts.
How do we get high-performance results?
We will train in you in MCAT Test-Maker Psychology (MTMP), a proprietary system and curriculum that was created by the M.D.'s at the MCAT Institute.
Our system has been proven effective in improving MCAT scores an average of 8 points among hundreds of students.
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There is a specific psychology to the MCAT, and if you do not develop an understanding of this psychology (MTMP) implicity, then your MCAT score will not be at its optimal. What do we mean?
The MCAT's test-question writers approach many of the principles that you have been taught in college from a counter-intuitive and contrarian sensibility. For example, if you have been taught that PV=nRT, the MCAT will nearly never give you a straight "plug and chug" question. Instead, it will ask you a question that requires you to apply this formula, but first realize its limitations, and what effect these limitations will have on the final answer. Specifically, let's say that an MCAT question asks you to predict what would happen if the initial conditions in this question were at STP, but then pressure were to be increased 500 fold, would the final volume be slightly less than 1/500 of the original volume? Why or why not?* Write to MCAT Institute to get the answer
Next, the MCAT Test-Makers know how to trick your intuitive system, the system that you've used all of your life, from grade school to high school to college. For example, answer the following question: "If a bat and ball together cost $1.10, and the bat costs $1 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost? " * (Think about it carefully–to get the answer, go here). If you missed this question, don't feel bad, 73% of students at Harvard (presumably a proxy for intelligence and high-achievement) missed it, too.
If you answered $1.00 for the bat, and $0.10 for the ball, then you are wrong, but don't feel bad.. While this is not going to be a question on the MCAT, it does represent a good example of the psychology that the MCAT uses to trick your intuitive system. The MCAT Institute's proprietary MTMP system will allow you to spot these MCAT test maker traps, and avoid losing valuable points on the MCAT.*
*Please see Nobel Prize-winning Economist Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking Fast, and Slow" for more details"
The MCAT Institute will help you to understand how your intuitive system works and how the MCAT test-question writers can prey upon your intuitive vulnerabilities to make picking the right answer challenging and difficult.
MCAT Institute's primary goal is to get your so trained in understanding MCAT Test-Maker psychology, that by the end of your tutoring process, you will approach the MCAT with an ease and confidence that you may have never felt before.
Please remember that the MCAT Institute customizes the entire MCAT test prep process for each individual student. While we teach MTMP psychology, there is absolutely NO pre-packaged content that we use for all students. Everything is custom-tailored for each student, and this is one of the things that differentiates us from nearly all of our competitors.
What about the Verbal section of the MCAT?
The verbal section of the MCAT is one of the hardest and most challenging sections to master.. Why is that?
Because verbal, ostensibly the most straightforward to prepare for since it does not require specialized content preparation, is constructed in a way that makes it particularly confusing. Additionally, the "curve" is fairly brutal: in most administrations of the MCAT (up to and including January 2015), if you miss one question out of 40, you score a 14; if you miss two questions out of 40, you score a 13; if you miss three questions out of 40, you score a 12; if you miss 4 questions out of 40, you score an 11; it's only when you get down the verbal sub-section of 10, that you can miss anywhere from 5-8 questions, depending on the particular test.
What about the new MCAT?
The MCAT is going to change soon. As you may know, the last administration of the MCAT in its present format will be in January 2015. Thereafter, the MCAT will become a longer examination (6 hours, 15 minutes; for more details, please go to this free link for more details: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/testsections/), and hence learniing, knowing, and internalizing MCAT test-maker psychology will become more important than ever.
In addition, the new MCAT will feature the addition of social and behavioral sciences; psychological, social and biological foundations of behavior; and a new critical Analysis and reasoning skills section.
While these changes are important, and no one can exactly predict the "flavor" of the new MCAT, it is reasonable to postulate that the basic testmaker sensibilities will remain roughly the same. Why do we say this? Because if we look at other high-stakes standardized tests (like, for example, the SAT, which is also undergoing a revamp. to be debuted in Spring 2016, when they undergo "modifications," the basic testmaker psychology does not change. So, the techniques that The MCAT Institute will teach you will still be effective on the new MCAT, and will allow you to excel, even in somewhat uncharted territory.