The Online Center Log in to your customized course syllabus at www.kaptest.com/myhome Whether you are an onsite, online or tutoring student, be sure to review the technical requirements and read all about our Higher Score Guarantee in the Enrollment Agreement. When all the logistics are taken care of, start your MCAT prep by clicking on the GO button of your course syllabus
Your online syllabus Class Assignments The syllabus opens up in the Assignments tab where you can click next Getting Started to access the orientation materials. Once you are in the syllabus you will notice that three tabs line the top: -My Assignments -My Toolbox -My Attendance
Getting Started The very FIRST thing to do is watch the Orientation video. This will introduces you to the MCAT as well as highlight all the resources Kaplan has to help you prepare for Test Day. Together, this Guide and that video will prepare you to get the most out of your class assignments.
Your Class Assignments Preview Assignments: Complete the listed readings, workshops, quizzes before attending class In-class Assignments: If you miss a class or just want to review it, you can watch our Lessons-on- Demand Review Assignments: Complete these practice exercises following each class session For each class you will have:
My Toolbox In addition to class assignments, you will find even more resources in the My ToolBox tab. My ToolBox contains: Smart Reports Review Notes Online Lessons-on-Demand Qbank Explanations-on-Demand AAMC Practice Tests AAMC Test Explanations
Smart Reports: Home Page A Complete List of ALL available Kaplan Practice Questions No need to panic, however! Some items may have already been completed as part of your class prepwork. Lets dig in…
Full-Length Tests: First and Last on the Agenda You begin the course by completing the Diagnostic and Science Assessment Exam. Then at the end of Unit 2, the midpoint of the class, you will take your first Full Length-essentially a second diagnostic exam. Only at the end of Unit 3, will you be exposed to Kaplans arsenal of Full Length tests. These include 11 Kaplan Full Lengths AND All available AAMC Practice Tests NOTE: Student Experiences have shown that the level of difficulty of the Kaplan tests is greater than that of the AAMC practice tests, albeit with a more generous curve. However, students have also reported that the actual MCAT to be closer in difficulty level to the Kaplan tests than to the AAMC tests.
Subject Tests: Non-MCAT Style Content Practice Purpose: These Kaplan tests contain non-MCAT style multiple choice questions that test your basic science knowledge. How to Use: Help reinforce your science foundation BEFORE you integrate it with the critical thinking skills necessary for success on MCAT-style passages. When to Use: Throughout Units 1-3 as needed. For example, if you are weak in a particular field (Physics, etc.), consider taking these tests BEFORE attempting the more challenging Topical Tests. Note: These tests are not arranged by topic, so to find the relevant problems use the Directed Practice prompts at the bottom of your Lesson Book pages.
Topical Tests: MCAT Style Content Specific Practice Purpose: Short, focused tests with passages and questions in the MCAT format covering those science topics outlined in the AAMC MCAT Interpretive Manual. How to Use: These tests are timed and named for the particular topic they test. They are some of the most challenging material that Kaplan produces. Intended to broaden the scope of what the student expects from passages/questions, they are not strictly progress measuring tools, but rather learning tools. When you take these tests, dont forget to review the explanations! When to Use: Use these tests throughout Unit 1-3 to solidify application of scientific content and refer back to their explanations if necessary at any point.
Section Tests: Individual MCAT Section Practice Purpose: These individual MCAT Section tests are designed to challenge your MCAT knowledge while building your test-taking endurance. How to Use: Use these tests to simulate actual sections of the MCAT without having to take full-length exams. When to Use: Use these tests Unit 3 and beyond to hone your Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, or Verbal Reasoning skills under timed conditions. Like the full-lengths, these tests should be used to integrate ALL of the Kaplan strategies you learned in the course, including pacing.
Smart Reports: Accessing Your Personalized Study Plan Once you have finished taking the Full Lengths and Section Tests, you can customize your study plan using Smart Reports. This adaptive learning technology aggregates your results to clarify your strengths and weaknesses. To access this information, simply click on the Reporting Suite tab along the top.
Smart Reports: Analyzing Your Test Results In the Reporting Suite, you can view your cumulative overall performance OR by section for all completed tests. You can also see your performance on individual Full Lengths by clicking to the right of the individual exam on the expanded Smart Reports test menu. How can you access the MOST detailed information from Smart Reports? Just click! Click on Sidebar Icons to toggle between different views.
Once you click on the Categories View of any test, you will first see the specific breakdown of the test sections. Then with another click of each bar, the sections will be broken down into its specific subject components. If there is a section that you could use additional practice in, go back to the home page and try one of the Section Tests! Smart Reports: Continued
Finally, to break down each subject to its component topics, click once more on the subject bars. If there is room for you to improve in a specific subject (i.e. Organic Chemistry) return to the home page and try a Subject Test in that science. Smart Reports: Continued The Graph icon will take you to the graph summary The Chart icon will take you to a detailed list of correct and incorrect answers
At this level of analysis, you can see how you performed on specific topics within the broader subject. With this information, you could target your practice on that particular field using the Topical Tests or our Qbank Speaking of Qbank…. Smart Reports: Continued
Kaplans Question Bank or Qbank has a pool of ADDITIONAL questions (i.e. not those in Smart Reports) to give student the flexibility to make a practice quiz that is best suited to his/her needs. To make your OWN practice quiz, simply click on the Qbank icon in My Toolbox and then click on Create Quiz. Qbank: Create your own test in your own time
Qbank: Do you want your Quiz…? Timed or Untimed? Discretes only, Passage-Based, or both? To include broad sections, or specific subjects and topics? To have 10 Questions or 60? When you are done deciding on all these different options, click Create Quiz and you are on your way to MCAT Success!
Additional Resources: Items available to you, but not detailed here include: Review Notes (books and online) Online Science Workshops and Quizzes Lessons-on-Demand AAMC Practice Tests & Explanations Explanations on Demand Flashcards & Quick-sheets For any additional questions, please: Visit your Kaptest.com syllabus & watch the Orientation Video found in the Getting Started Tab Call 1-800-KapTest Or email CustomerCare@Kaplan.comCustomerCare@Kaplan.com