Barron's MCAT: Medical College Admission Test

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Barron's Educational Series, 2008 - Medical - 573 pages
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The MCAT as it is now given is a solely computer-based exam, and Barron's brand-new edition of the MCAT manual offers test preparation that is specifically focused to respond to that format. The manual's introduction presents a detailed overview of the test, and follows with strategies for study, stress management, and test taking. The bulk of this book is given over to extensive reviews in science and math, followed by advice on writing the MCAT essay. Four full-length model MCATs are then presented with answer keys and answer explanations.

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This book is chock full of mistakes. Unfortunately, I bought this book without looking up reviews, and only now do I realize what a terrible idea that was. I started with organic chemistry and just 15 pages in, I've already found three mistakes. The book describes sigma bonds as pi bonds, and vice versa. It says cholesterol has seven chiral carbons (but eight is the correct number) and it even provides a picture of a cholesterol molecule with the seven chiral carbons labeled (I really don't know how the author can make such a glaringly obvious mistake with the picture right there!) And even better, the book spells "lone pair" as "loan pair". Come on, it looks like Barron's commissioned a sixth grader to learn chemistry in a month and then write a book about it. What a mess this book is. I'm buying a different company's book right away. Avoid Barron's unless you want to lower your score because Barron's simply gives you incorrect information. 


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Model Examination
Model Examination D
Periodic Table of the Elements

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About the author (2008)

Hugo R. Seibel, M.D., is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth Univrsity, Richmond, VA..

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