The 3 Best Ways to Get Free MCAT Questions of the Day
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So you’re preparing for the MCAT…
Looking for a free, bite-sized piece of MCAT prep material delivered to your email inbox daily? Whether you have already designed an MCAT study plan and are looking for an additional tidbit of high-yield info or want to get exposure to MCAT-style questions early and often (and well in advance of the more intense preparation), Questions of the Day are a straightforward, quick, and consistent way to assess how ready you are for the MCAT -- at no cost!
Check out these three top-notch ways to subscribe to free MCAT Questions of the Day:
Varsity Tutors is a one-stop online tutoring platform that offers several free MCAT resources, including a Question of the Day, delivered to your email inbox as often as you choose -- ranging from everyday to one day a week.
Questions are broken down by the four sections of the MCAT: Biology, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Verbal (the former name for Critical Analysis and Reasoning), allowing you to hone in on a particular section. (Check out this blog to read more about the sections and scoring of the MCAT.)
Want to take weekends off from questions? Varsity Tutors allows you to customize your subscription to tailor the frequency of the questions to your needs (see image below). This feature is unique among the other free Question of the Day resources, which by default send daily questions.
Varsity Tutors provides feedback on Questions of the Day, including an explanation with some elaboration on the correct answer. This service also will stack your performance against the statistics of all question takers, showing your score and answering time compared to others. Keep in mind that these statistics are not representative of all test takers, just the ones using Varsity Tutors.
Subscribing to the Question of the Day is free, but requires you to set up an account. With the account, Varsity Tutors also provides access to hundreds of practice tests, “Learn by Concept” pages with practice questions and answers, and flashcards with single practice questions broken down by the 4 sections of the MCAT as well as more specific subject content (see below). Varsity Tutors is great if you are looking for a quick Question of the Day as well as an extensive selection of free practice material broken down by section and subject matter.
If you are looking to do practice questions selected randomly from all MCAT subjects, Varsity Tutors only offers questions separated by section.
Although creating a free account will allow you to track progress on the website’s practice tests, learning by concept pages, and flashcards, you cannot track progress on Questions of the Day.
2) M Prep
The M Prep website is a prep resource with a more singular focus on its free MCAT Question of the Day, which has attracted a large fanbase over the years for its simplicity and consistency.
M Prep offers paragraph-style explanations for correct and incorrect answer choices to the daily question, as well as a percentile of how many question takers answered correctly.
M Prep also allows you to view older, random Questions of the Day if you want more than one question per day.
M Prep does not offer any additional free material to reinforce topics, so if you are having trouble with a specific subject, you will need to look to another resource for background information.
On M Prep, you cannot change the frequency of Questions of the Day sent to your inbox, track your progress, or narrow down questions by test subject.
The Critical Analysis and Reasoning (CARS) section of the MCAT is dreaded by many for its intimidation factor - long, wordy passages and questions that can seem convoluted. One way to tackle CARS is to accustom yourself by reading and analyzing articles on a frequent basis. Jack Westin’s MCAT prep website is tailored to the CARS section only, with specialized questions and strategies available for free through a Question of the Day format.
If you are looking to enhance your exposure to CARS passages and questions in order to boost your score, Jack Westin is the place to go for a free daily question delivered straight to your inbox. Since CARS passages similar to the actual MCAT can be tougher to find, this resource is a valuable, free way to practice thinking and analyzing in the CARS mode.
Jack Westin also has free single passages or longer practice tests in a realistic MCAT format available on the website if you want to view several passages at a time rather than once per day.
Of course, Jack Westin is limited only to CARS practice, and CARS passages and accompanying questions might take longer to complete than Questions of the Day in the other subjects. Additionally, you are not able to track progress over time or control how often you would like to receive Questions of the Day.
Here’s a summary of some pros and cons of each of these free Question of the Day resources:
Take advantage of these free resources early and use them often. When test day comes, you will be thankful for the time you spent working through content-specific, MCAT-style questions. And remember: you can practice one question on the go -- even as you brush your teeth -- as a quick additional study boost.
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A native of Indianapolis, Stephanie Asdell is currently pursuing her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, with minors in Biology and Global Health, from Duke University. She plans to attend medical school in fall 2018 and later pursue a Masters in Public Health to further her interests in community and women's health. In her free time, she enjoys being a foodie, dancing, and working on fashion photo shoots for a campus publication.