Inspirica’s Approach ToMCAT Test Preparation


MCAT students flock to Inspirica for one key reason: they want a dedicated one-on-one tutor to help them master the nuances of the test. And since no two medical school applicants are ever the same, we completely customize the tutoring to mitigate your specific difficulties, shore up your strengths, and focus on the unique challenge of the MCAT as an exam. Our programs are often one-fourth of the length of a commercial course with better results. And we can work whenever you want to work—day, night, weekends. We understand that your goal is to gain admission to the best medical school, and we do everything possible to get you the scores you need to get there.

MCAT tutoring can happen literally anywhere: in person at our offices, online via Inspirica Anywhere, or anywhere else you’d like. We work with students all over the world every day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will my score improve through tutoring?
Inspirica’s tutors are experts at helping students achieve their maximum potential on the MCAT. With the guidance, support, and strategies we offer, our students will be in the best possible position to succeed on the test. Specific score improvement goals will vary from student to student. Once we get to know you, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
How much tutoring do I need?
The number of sessions any given student needs depends on many factors: how much time the student has until the test date, what his or her goals are, and how much work needs to be done to achieve those goals. Some students require only a few hours of tutoring, while others meet frequently over the course of months or longer. Every student is unique, and Inspirica's Educational Consultants and expert tutors will evaluate each student's circumstances in order to uniquely tailor a tutoring program to fit any situation. For a typical GMAT preparation program, most students are able to achieve their goals by meeting with their Inspirica tutor once per week for two hours until the test date.
When should I begin preparing for the MCAT?
Performing well on the MCAT is a critical part of the medical school application process, and, therefore, sufficient expert tutoring is crucial. Most prospective medical school students take the MCAT in the spring of their junior year of college or in the fall of their senior year and begin preparing as soon as they know they will be taking the test.
What is considered a good score on the MCAT?
The MCAT has a score range of 118–132 in each of four categories that measure a student’s understanding of critical reasoning and various sciences. A percentile rank is also given for each category. A good score on the MCAT depends on the goals of an individual student, target schools, and the rest of a student’s application. Once we get to know you, we can help you shape those goals and make a plan to reach them.
Does Inspirica offer mock tests?
Inspirica uses full-length practice test material to administer mock tests under realistic conditions. These tests are used to help gauge a student’s progress at different points during the tutoring program. In analyzing the results, our expert tutors go beyond the numbers, talking with the student and looking at what he or she has written on the test booklet to get a full picture of the improvement level and what else needs to be done to complete test preparation.

MCAT Test Preparation 101

The Medical College Admission Test (or MCAT) is the preferred standardized test of medical school programs around the world. The MCAT is divided into four multiple-choice sections designed to test a student’s understanding of physical and biological sciences, as well as logic and reasoning. These sections are (1) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, (2) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, (3) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and (4) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Each section is given a scaled score in a range from 118 to 132.

The test is administered on a computer and is an adaptive test. This means is that if, for example, you are excellent at math, the math questions will become gradually more difficult as you answer questions correctly. For this reason, many test takers who are doing quite well move through the test feeling as though they are failing, because the questions eventually grow too difficult. A firm understanding of the nature of the content and construction of the adaptive test is paramount to achieving score goals on the MCAT. Inspirica’s MCAT tutors have studied this test inside and out and can help you navigate the challenges of this test. Many MCAT takers, for example, have not had a geometry lesson in four years or more, and noticing a bit of rust in these areas is completely natural! Your expert Inspirica tutor will help you brush up in areas that need it and lay a foundation for new material. Your tutor will also teach you how to best distribute your time and efforts to put yourself in a position to get the score you need!