Most test prep providers allow their users a free trial period, but for MCAT Self Prep, they take it a step further. MCAT Self Prep is a prep course that always offers users free lifetime access to MCAT study materials.
In this MCAT Self Prep review, we’ll explore the ins and outs of Self Prep’s paid and free course options.
Summary: Review what our team found in this MCAT Self Prep review. If you want to investigate other options, check out our reviews of MCAT prep courses.
MCAT Self-Prep Options
|Free||Basic Pro||Advanced Pro||Deluxe Pro|
|Video Lessons||300+ Hours||300+ Hours||300+ Hours||300+ Hours|
|Free Trial||Yes (forever)||No||No||No|
MCAT Self Prep offers 3 different paid options, plus a free version for students looking for MCAT prep courses. The biggest difference between the 4 options is the amount of materials you have access to.
The higher tier you choose, the more study materials you’ll receive. Payment gives you lifetime access to all MCAT study materials.
We take a deeper dive into each option below. After doing so, we review the common MCAT Self Prep features.
You can find some screenshots to help you get a better understanding of the course. If you want to practice before making a big purchase, consider using our free MCAT practice tests.
Self-Prep MCAT Free
While limited compared to the paid tiers, the free version of MCAT Self Prep gives you access to some decent study materials, and all you need is an email address. The materials included are:
- MCAT video collection
- All ten content modules
- MCAT Bootcamp (no customization)
Keep in mind that while Self Prep allows you lifetime access to these free materials, you will have to endure some ads along the way.
Bottom Line – No customization or study plan options, but this is a great start for somebody looking for a free trial of the course (or curious about the MCAT in general).
Self-Prep MCAT Basic Pro
Upgrading to the Basic Pro package gives users a lot more customization options. It includes everything in the free version, plus a few additions:
- MCAT Bootcamp (with customizations)
- Create-your-own study plan
- Score tracker
- Ad-free studying
Bottom Line – Basic Pro is a step up from the free version, but not by much. Look to higher tiers to get more useful materials, like quizzes and flashcards.
Self Prep MCAT Advanced Pro
The Advanced Pro package is the best middle-of-the-road option from Self Prep. It includes everything in the previous tiers, plus:
- Access to 5,000+ flashcards
- Content review books
- 120 mastery quizzes
- 2,500 practice questions
- 7-day money back guarantee
Bottom Line – The Advanced Pro is the best value for your money within the Self Prep suite, allowing you to test yourself on the material and familiarize yourself with the AAMC question style.
Self Prep MCAT Deluxe Pro
The Deluxe Pro package is the higher tier offered by Self Prep, and the most expensive. Along with all the materials included in the previous tiers, Deluxe Pro ads a heightened strategy to your studying with the addition of several “mastery courses,” covering the following topics:
- Amino Acids
- Metabolic pathways
- 100 most essential MCAT equations
- High-speed math
- 10 most commonly missed concepts
- Science passage reading strategy
- Ultimate CARS strategy
- Medical school application
With Deluxe Pro, Self Prep also includes a 5% discount towards one-on-one tutoring sessions, and a 30-day money back and score improvement guarantee.
Bottom Line – Deluxe Pro is comprehensive, but pricey. You can find similar material coverage for a lot less. Check out our reviews of the best MCAT prep courses for more information.
MCAT Self Prep Review
Our team signed up for the MCAT Self Prep course to see what it’s really like. Below, check out the user interface, study materials, and more to see what to expect.
When you begin studying with Self Prep, you are greeted by a video introduction from Andrew George, the CEO of Self Prep who scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT, who welcomes you to the course.
The user interface of Self Prep is inviting and casual. However, Self Prep does not allow you to move on to other video unless you’ve completed the previous one. This design can be tedious for those who wish to skip through certain materials.
You can view upcoming videos within the module, and the ones you’ve already completed, on a panel to the left of the video.
The course modules are designed nicely and organized into tiers, the first one being the initial introduction to the course, and the rest consisting of content modules and a final “Bootcamp” module.
The Self Prep MCAT course is broken down into several modules. It all starts with the MCAT Launchpad, in which you’ll be introduced to the course.
After you’ve completed the initial module, you’ll have access to these MCAT content modules:
- Biochemistry I and II
- Biology I and II
- Chemistry I and II
- Physics I and II
- Behavioral I and II
The month before your scheduled MCAT exam, Self Prep presents the final module, MCAT Bootcamp.
MCAT Bootcamp and Practice Exams
Self Prep steps up their game in the final hour before your MCAT exam to hammer in key concepts. The Bootcamp is where you will take all your practice exams and review the results. The exams are written in the style of the real AAMC exams, so you’ll get a sense of what to expect.
Bootcamp consists of a total of thirty lessons in which you will review everything you’ve learned thus far. If you have the Basic Pro and above package, your Bootcamp module will be customizable to suit your strengths and weaknesses.
Questions, Quizzes and Flash Cards
The paid tiers of Self Prep come with 2,500 AAMC-style practice questions, and over 5,000 flashcards. The flashcards are available on Quizlet and cover every topic covered by Khan Academy for the MCAT. Quizlet flashcards are a great way to study on the go with the mobile app interface.
At the end of every lesson, you’ll take a mastery quiz to make sure you understand everything that’s been taught in the lesson. All 120 quizzes give you complete explanations for every answer, including math solutions and diagrams.
Self-Prep’s study plan begins with a diagnostic exam to test your knowledge, followed by a realistic goal score you can work towards. Based on your exam results, the schools you’re applying for, and your score goal, Self Prep builds you a timeline and strategy to achieve your goal.
Self Prep helps you track your progress along the way, and makes suggestions based on how you’re doing in the course. Overall, the study plan is comprehensive, but only customizable through the pro version of the course.
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