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Applying to medical school is a major step requiring several actions, including taking the MCAT. If you want to apply to a great local medical school like the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Varsity Tutors has an online Portland MCAT prep course to help you. Join a group of fellow medical students studying for the MCAT led by a knowledgeable instructor from the comfort of your own home thanks to our convenient online portal.
The MCAT, or Medical College Admissions Test, is required by every medical school in the United States and many in Canada. Most people who take the MCAT have been studying for years already, preparing to attend medical school. You likely have an undergraduate degree in medical studies or science, and you may have some experience working in the medical field already. However, the MCAT is a rigorous test lasting several hours, covering chemistry, biology, and psychology, among other questions. You must have a deep understanding of not just how multiple-choice standardized tests are formatted, but which parts of the exam you have less knowledge in so you can focus your study and be fully prepared on the day you take this test.
What can a Portland MCAT course do for me?
We know you've been preparing for this exam and understand that it is a complex, in-depth test that you must perform well on. If you've already taken the first steps toward in a pre med program, you know how to focus and study. But, working with other students who are also studying hard can provide incentive. You may find that, when you work in a group led by a knowledgeable MCAT instructor, you are able to learn more effectively. You have access to others with a better understanding of certain sections where your knowledge may be weak. Best of all, the Portland MCAT course is online, so you can study from the comfort of your home - even in your pajamas with a cup of coffee in hand if you want!
Varsity Tutors is proud to support these online courses, helping students everywhere gain confidence in their ability to take standardized tests like the MCAT. We vet each and every MCAT instructor with a thorough interview process, so we know they can impart information about this medical exam in a way that works for you. They must be able to lead groups through study sessions, but they must also be able to help you individually if you request time outside of your regular sessions.
Taking an online Portland MCAT course means you have regular meetings through our online portal, so you know you have time set aside to study for this important test. Working with others also helps you review information you may not understand as well, and can help you gain new information from questions others ask that you may have thought of to improve your preparation for the MCAT.
What will a Portland MCAT class teach me?
Studying for any standardized test, including the MCAT, involves learning test-taking strategies, like how to eliminate wrong answers and find the most likely answer in a multiple-choice question. Taking an online Portland MCAT class will help you become more familiar with each section of the test, too. Let's take a quick look at the sections on the MCAT so you understand what a course can cover.
There are four sections to the MCAT: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. You can expect to spend 7 and a half hours in the testing room, with 6 hours and 15 minutes of that time being dedicated just to taking the test. With so long spent on this exam, studying in an online Portland MCAT class will help you review important information for the exam but will also help you develop the endurance you need to complete this test.
The first three main sections of the MCAT all focus on various aspects of the medical field, including organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, physics, and social systems. You will need to understand how cells, tissues, and organ systems all work together in living creatures, including in humans. You will need to understand how the body grows, reproduces, maintains homeostasis, and manages nutrition. You will need to understand basic psychological processes, and how mental and behavioral health influence physical health. Each of these three sections has 59 questions, divided into 10 sections with 4 to 6 passage-based questions each and 15 independent questions. You will have 95 minutes to answer the multiple-choice questions in each section.
The fourth section, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, features 53 questions divided into 9 passage-based sets of 5 to 7 questions each. This section tests your verbal reasoning ability, reading comprehension, and ability to analyze the information you've read. You must be able to infer information from written passages, apply and extrapolate that information to different contexts, and assess the impact of introducing new information to a passage, among other aspects of language comprehension. Although this section does not focus as heavily on medical, biological, or scientific questions, it is crucial for you to have good reading and analysis skills to deal with medical texts and scientific papers throughout medical school and into your career as a doctor.
Where can I find a Portland MCAT course?
Varsity Tutors offers online instruction through our easy-to-use website portal. You can choose either a 2-week or 4-week class, which will help you brush up on needed medical and scientific information, learn more about the structure of the MCAT itself, and help you make the most of the limited time you have to take this test. Group instruction with additional assistance from an instructor can help you focus and feel prepared. If you want additional help leading up to the MCAT, we can help you find a tutor to work with you, in person, individually on a specific subject.
Studying by yourself to take the MCAT can certainly help you prepare for this important examination, but working online in your living room or favorite coffee shop with a group of fellow students can help you stay focused on your studying goals. Reach out today to get started.
Katherine: Portland MCAT course instructor
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Puja: Portland MCAT course instructor
...grueling standardized test, is to instill self-confidence in them. I try to not only help them develop lifelong critical-thinking skills, but also urge them to assertively believe in their personal abilities. If students dedicate themselves fully to the task at hand and have the genuine desire to succeed, then I think they can accomplish almost anything. During my junior and senior year at Michigan, I was a study group leader for both General Chemistry and...
Education & Certification
- University of Michigan - Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience
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Gwen: Portland MCAT course instructor
...Century American History from the University of Connecticut, a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and History (with honors), and I am currently working on a Masters in Business Administration, which should be completed by Summer 2018. I have taught four history courses at the college level, and I currently work as a Head Teacher at a learning center. I have over 6 years tutoring experience, and have been with Varsity Tutors since the fall...
Jon: Portland MCAT course instructor
...mortgage loan officer for 26 years including hiring and training MLO's. I teach the NMLS 20 required course for Licensing and the 8 hour CE class for other organizations. My PhD is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University, San Diego. My Masters is in Organizational Leadership from Sienna Heights in Adrian, Michigan. My BA is also Sienna Heights in Business. I also have more than 30 years of professional and nonprofit board experience.
Joshua: Portland MCAT course instructor
...I wrote my thesis on mathematical logics, and I especially love logic, discrete maths, probability theory, and game theory. I have tutored, course assisted, and led my own courses at Stanford University, Wesleyan University, and more. I work best with students grades 6 and onward in subject areas and on standardized tests. I also enjoy working with college students and students preparing for graduate applications. I believe that the development of critical analysis skills is...
Education & Certification
- Stanford - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
- Discrete Math
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Riya: Portland MCAT course instructor
...Graduate School for Education in New Haven, CT. I am originally from New Jersey, and have been living in Connecticut for a year now; so far I love it here! I enjoy working with student's from all backgrounds and all ages. My favorite age group(s) to work with are grades seven through twelve. I am going to be a high school English teacher, so that is my passion. I can help with Social Studies, Global...
Edward: Portland MCAT course instructor
...and experience in tutoring comes from helping my cousins through school. My oldest cousin after me is three younger which means she was about to learn everything that I just had. When I a senior in high school, my cousins ranged from elementary school to freshman in high school. Going off to college led me to reflect on all the years I spent helping my cousins through school. Ever since middle school I would help...
Kelsey: Portland MCAT course instructor
Hi my name is Kelsey and I'm excited to work with you! I'm a college student at Stony Brook University pursing a degree in Psychology and Public Health, I'm also working on my associates degree in Biology. I graduated high school in 2017 and was a member of the National Honors Society and the World Language Honors Society. I look forward to working with you.
Education & Certification
- Stony Brook University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
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Stacy: Portland MCAT course instructor
...with the right tools, practice, and patience everyone has the ability to succeed. I have tutored elementary, middle, and high school students. I like to tutor in Science and Math but I have experience in tutoring in English to students who do not speak English fluently. I was an Adjunct Faculty at a college and taught a 3-credit Genetics course. My tutoring style focuses on lots of practice and understanding the student's learning style so...
David: Portland MCAT course instructor
...in learning itself. While I agree that the goal of teaching is to help someone learn a certain topic, the greatest achievement in teaching I have experienced is giving someone the ability to reason, and the drive and ability to begin teaching themselves. I enjoy teaching certain topics because of their power to bring this about, including languages, mathematics, and (of course) philosophy. All of these areas stretch from an elementary to an advanced level,...
Education & Certification
- University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy
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- High School Biology
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- +55 subjects