MCAT Exam Prep Books & Resources – ISBNs and Best Prices

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized test for medical college admission in the US and Canada. The test may be taken up to three times in a calendar year. It is a computerized exam (since 2007) administered as many as 28 times a year by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). AAMC also administers other services for prospective medical students including the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), a centralized application processing service available to applicants for the first-year entering classes at participating medical schools.

Basic exam fees start at $300. Fees for other optional test related services like change of test center and late registration is another $70. International test sites have an additional $95 fee as well. There is a Fee Assistance Program (FAP) targeted towards those with extreme financial limitations that reduce the basic fee from $300 to $115.

MCAT can be attempted up to three times in a testing year and up to four times over two consecutive years. There is a lifetime limit of seven times. Note that there is access to your full testing history through AMCAS and medical schools want to see your entire testing history. So, score withholding is not an option.


MCAT has a new format as of April 2015. It has four sections:
  1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, 
  2. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, 
  3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and 
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
The format of the exam is as follows:



Scoring is separate for each of the four sections and the total score is the sum of the four section scores. Scores for each section can be between 118 and 132 and the total score will be between 472 and 528. There is no penalty for guessing.

Information on the format of the test and links to study resources are available at their website. Free resources at that link include several pdfs, link to the iCollaborative Pre-Health Collection of over 400 video tutorials, and Khan Academy MCAT Video Collection. Below are ISBNs and Best Prices for MCAT study resources:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam
  • Kindle Edition at $16.99
  • Paperback: 978-1577541332 at $25.
$16.99Guide to the content of the exam. 120 practice questions from the four sections provided in an online format that simulates the actual exam. AAMC also has plans to release a full-fledged practice exam and a question bank in November 2015.
Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review: Book+Online978-1625231277$138Excellent Overall Subject Review. Three online practice tests that simulate the real test.
The Princeton Review Complete MCAT
  • Subject Review Box Set at $79
  • Complete Review at $46.
VariesGood review material and nice presentation. But, beware of several errors that can unnecessarily sidetrack you.
Kaplan MCAT Flashcards + App978-1618656216$33.24Excellent source for coverage of terms, definitions, and concepts.
Sterling MCAT Practice Questions: High-Yield MCAT Questions VariesReview of foundations, test-taking strategies, and 1000+ practice questions with answer explanations.
Sterling Test Prep MCAT Practice Tests: Chemical & Physical + Biological & Biochemical Foundations978-1503325036$43.134 Biological & Biochemical foundations MCAT practice tests, 4 Chemical & Physical Foundations MCAT practice tests along with complete and detailed explanations.
Examkrackers MCAT Complete Study Package978-1893858701$1701000+ MCAT questions in total. Topical questions in MCAT format.
Kaplan MCAT Practice Tests978-1419553578$15Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. Six chapters of strategies for each major section of the test.
MCAT AudioLearn - A Complete Science Review for the Medical College Admission Test on 6 Audio CDs978-1592620265$78Over 4 hours of professionally narrated 700+ page manuscript. Coverage of every theory, fact, formula, and equation for MCAT. 




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