Using the 100-day MCAT Study Schedule, Nymeria went from the 30th to the 90th percentile on the MCAT. This schedule is the 2023 edition of Nymeria’s original schedule. The 2023 version has been rebuilt from the ground up, with the content and practice tests recommended most by the Student Doctor Network community. Through this rebuild, we significantly decreased the cost of recommended materials.
As a nonprofit organization, we are not aligned with any product or service; materials for this schedule are selected strictly based on members’ recommendations. Purchasing through the links above helps support our nonprofit mission.
Personalized MCAT Study Schedule
The Health Professional Student Association, the publisher of SDN, offers a donor-supported MCAT study schedule service at Studyschedule.org. As with all HPSA services, Studyschedule is a free donor-supported site. User information is not sold or shared with other organizations.
Studyschedule.org customizes a training schedule specific to your needs based on your selected materials using a proprietary algorithm. The 100-day MCAT schedule is available as a default selection, or you can customize it to be longer or shorter. Plus, Studyschedule adjusts on-the-fly if you skip a day or wish to adjust your training plan.
The 100-Day MCAT Study Schedule (2023 Edition)
Let’s get down to business. Here’s what you need:
- Official Study Plan in PDF Format (2023 edition)
- Additional details are available in this forum thread
Required MCAT Study Materials:
- Kaplan MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2023-2024, Includes Books, Online Prep, 3 Practice Tests $180.30
- Organic Chemistry Review
- General Chemistry Review
- Physics and Math Review
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Review
- Biology Review
- Biochemistry Review
- Behavioral Sciences Review
- UWorld MCAT Question Bank (90 days) $249
- AAMC Online-Only Official MCAT Prep Bundle $268
Total cost: $701.30. (To save a lot of money, consider purchasing used 2018-2020 versions of these books, they’re still good!)
Note these are the books we recommend for content review based on the input from many users. However, if you have other books available to you for free, as long as they are from the last several years, you can adapt the schedule to use those books!
How to Use
The schedule requires a full-time commitment, working eight hours daily to complete it. We recommend reading through the schedule before your start date to ensure that this schedule matches your study habits and learning style. If you have more or less time to commit to this schedule, consider using our donor-supported service: studyschedule.org.
Each day you must complete both the reading and practice problems. We have also provided supplemental materials to reinforce difficult concepts and corresponding chapters in the Kaplan Review series when the primary text is from The Berkeley Review. The schedule rotates through a different subject daily, emphasizing daily practice problems. Concepts you learned earlier in the plan will continually be reinforced using this technique. We will walk you through the materials that this schedule incorporates.
Kaplan Review Series – This will be your main text to learn the content before drilling practice problems. In addition, we distribute practice problems from each chapter throughout your schedule to continually reinforce topics you previously learned.
UWorld – This will serve as your central question bank. We highly recommend reading the explanations for each question, even if you get it right! You may start on tutor mode, but we recommend transitioning to timed practice as soon as possible. You will notice that you will have completed >2,000 UWorld questions by the end of the schedule while the UWorld bank is ~1800 questions. When you run out of new questions, create sections using questions you previously got wrong.
Khan Academy – Previously scheduled to go offline in 2021, students showed enough interest that the AAMC and Khan Academy will keep these free videos available until 2026. Awesome!
AAMC Official Study Materials – These are the most important practice materials you will complete. You will complete all of the practice problems released by the AAMC by the end of the schedule.
ANKI – The Reddit user MileDown created a comprehensive Anki deck for MCAT study. Other decks are available but this one is highly recommended.
Full-Length Tests – We have scheduled seven of these throughout your schedule. Please take them as if you would a real test. Prepare a snack and lunch and complete the tests in a quiet environment.
Optional Study Activities
Reading – To improve your reading and comprehension skills for the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section, consider spending at least 30 minutes a day reading challenging material, such as scientific journals, The Economist, and sample passages. Alternate reading for speed, trying to read passages in the shortest amount of time using a stopwatch, and comprehension by summarizing the passages or articles you’ve read.
Hat Trick – Get a hat and write every MCAT topic found in the official AAMC content outlines onto paper. Then, when you’re ready to practice a topic, place all of the specific topics into the hat. Next, draw two or three pieces of paper and connect the topics. In addition to connecting them, come up with what a passage might look like and what kind of questions you might get. If you can’t do this, go back and review each of the three sections. Rinse and repeat. Here’s some more explanation of how this works.
History of the MCAT Study Schedule
The first MCAT schedule was developed in 2009 by member SN2ed. Over the years, it has helped thousands of students maximize their MCAT scores. When the MCAT format was changed in 2015, the SN2ed foundation needed to be modified. Multiple students adjusted the original MCAT Study Schedule and created their own plans for the new MCAT. Two were the most popular on the SDN Forums, the MCATJelly Study Schedule and the Nymeria Study Schedule. SDN recommends both schedules, and many students have achieved excellent results using them. If you prefer a custom plan, we strongly recommend using the SDN Studyschedule.org service.
Discuss MCAT Study Schedules
Learn more about the schedules (or even recommend your own) at the r/MCAT and SDN MCAT discussion forums. The Student Doctor Network Forums require human account verification before posting; no information is shared or sold to other organizations. The SDN Forums feature millions of posts and thousands of active members.
As a nonprofit organization, SDN is not aligned with any product or service; materials for this MCAT Study Guide are selected strictly based on members’ recommendations. Please consider purchasing using the links above to support our nonprofit organization.
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The Student Doctor Network was created in 1999 as a nonprofit service to help build a diverse doctor workforce. We achieve our mission by providing donor-supported advising, tools, and peer support forums to those who would otherwise not have access to advising services. SDN is published by the Health Professional Student Association (HPSA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization.
MCAT, The Medical College Admissions Test, is a registered trademark of the American Association of Medical Colleges, which does not endorse this schedule or materials utilized in the plan. Although specific preparation materials are utilized within the plan, HPSA and SDN do not officially endorse or recommend any specific preparation product. All products are selected without input or support from sponsors or advertisers.
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