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good if you don't know how to read/problem solve and need to learn. otherwise passage questions are way harder. nextstep is a closer approx in difficulty level. didn't really use this at all tbh used the seven subject books more.
What I liked about this book is that it goes over concepts that are harder for everyone to master, but doesn't go into the depth that the regular review books do. I read through the review books and they are very in depth and unnecessary in some parts. There are just certain things I want to brush up on from time to time, like the effects of the different types of enzyme inhibitors on Km and Vmax. So it's great for that, and the practice passages are pretty nice too since they are a bit harder than ones I've seen. This definitely shouldn't be your only source of review though.
First thing I would like to point out is that this book is an improvement of the previous edition. I have had both and the material presented in this (2019-2020) iteration does not "rip-off" the 2018-2019 edition. Instead, it presents the same important information in a revamped format, which is great for students practicing.
This book is great as a crash course to understand the majority of the material seen on the MCAT. The strategies are helpful, and for students preparing in advance, I recommend starting with this prep book. It will help you outline your strengths, weaknesses, and study plan for the future.
My one stipulation is that although this book is labeled as "Advanced Prep" it does not replace a full study set. The subject review books give a much more in-depth analysis of different portions of the test. This is merely a crash course to absorb as much knowledge as possible in a very short amount of pages.
Finally, I would recommend this book to friends, or any student preparing for their MCAT exam. It does a great job in preparing you for the test, and it will help outline your timeline.
I thought a condensed review of key concepts would be helpful for me to study on a short timeline. With that expectation, I was very disappointed by this book. The information in this book that should be memorized is not organized in a way that supports that task. Where the material is conceptual and requires the reader to understand principals, the book generally only offers a terse, superficial statement that does not offer insight to a reader not previously understanding the concept (e.g., "concave mirrors are converging systems and can produce real, inverted images, or virtual, upright images, depending on the placement of the object relative to the focal point." This statement may have been intelligible if accompanied by a diagram, or with additional explanation, or if the reader already understood the concept, but it is opaque to me; much of the book is like this).
I mostly abandoned this book after finding Khan Academy videos to be more useful in reviewing topics that I needed to study further, based on my initial incorrect answers on an official practice test.
Excellent MCAT prep. My daughter is studying with a friend to get into medical school. She thinks these books are a great first step. She plans on finishing up get studies with uworld and will take many practice tests