Kaplan and Princeton review are one of the most popular options for studying for the MCAT, but which one is better?
We ranked Kaplan much higher than Princeton in our MCAT book comparison, but because of Princeton review's popularity we decided that it's important to explain why we believe Kaplan is the better choice.
Disadvantages of Princeton Review
The worst part about the Princeton review books is that they include a lot of information that will not be on the exam at all.
Do you really want to spend your precious time on learning things you won't need to know for the exam? We don't think so.
They also have practice questions at the end of each section, but there aren't as many as Kaplan has, so you might have to buy an additional book to get additional practice for the exam.
Disadvantages of Kaplan
The total length of the Kaplan books is about 300 pages higher than the Princeton review, which means that they cover more information.
Their psychology section also isn't completely perfect which means that you might have to get a different psychology and sociology book to make sure that you're 100 percent ready for the exam.
Advantages of Kaplan
Although Kaplan does cover more information than Princeton review, all of the info they cover has a chance of being on the exam, and the material that's most likely to surface on the exam is starred so you know what you need to focus on.
The visuals in the books do a great job of explaining complicated concepts, and the amount and structure of the practice questions guarantees that you'll be ready for the MCAT.
It's also one of the best value packages you can get if you're buying study guides for all sections of the exam. Other books might seem like they're cheaper, but once you buy everything you need you will probably have to pay more than you would for Kaplan's complete package.
Similarity of Prep Packages
The study packages also have similarities that help them outrank other study guides..
They both contain 7 books and come with 3 complete practice tests to check that you understand the material.
They also both offer practice questions at the end of each chapter, but as you can see above, Kaplan includes more of these in each book.