COVID-19 UPDATE

Based on the advice of public health officials and our own concerns about the well-being of students and instructors, we’ve decided to move everything to the safety of online course delivery.

It was a difficult decision but we believe it is the responsible thing to do amid a resurgent pandemic with proliferating variants of concern.

FAQ
Since 1999, we’ve been asked a lot of questions. Find answers to the most common inquiries below.
Why is the online prep course called Live Online Flex?

Our online prep course is called Live Online Flex because it brings each live online class to you four times weekly – weekday morning, weekday afternoon, weekday evening and weeknight – for you to choose from. Join whichever class is most convenient for you, or join more than if you’d like to repeat a class.

If you somehow miss all four options, we’ve still got you covered. We also post a recording of each class to make it next to impossible for you to miss a class.

What are the unique features of Prep101's prep course?
  • 138 hours of live instruction. The most comprehensive MCAT prep course spread over 10 weeks to give you ample time to digest everything.
  • Emphasis on CARS. 32 hours of live instruction devoted to the challenging CARS section is more than our leading competitors combined.
  • Flexible Schedule. Classes are offered multiple times weekly to allow you to attend whatever class best fits your schedule.
  • Unlimited Free Repeat Policy. Take our course as many times as you need to hit your target scores. No questions asked. No strings attached.
  • Most Full-Length Practice Exams. 20 exact simulations of the real MCAT with cutting-edge Analytics.
  • 14 Workshops. 28 hours devoted to working through passages and high-yield problem-solving drills and exercises.
  • 32 In-Class Exams. 30-minute passage-based mini-exams in every class to reinforce key points in each lesson.
  • Guided Practice. Expert instructors walk you through 6-8 practice passages in every class.
  • Your own MCAT Coach. Nobody else offers anything close to this level of one-on-one expert guidance from the start of the prep course through to test day.
  • Instructors hired by pre-med students at competitive auditions. We can’t think of anyone better qualified than students to spot the best teachers so we let your peers decide who we hire.
What is the structure of the prep course?

Our prep course delivers 138 hours of live instruction, which includes 44 Lessons covering the basic science concepts on the MCAT. We also offer 32 in-class exams and 14 in-class workshops to help you master the skills and strategies you’ll need for the MCATs unique passage-based questions.

Outside of class, your MCAT Coach will design a Personalized Study Plan with a day-to-day breakdown of what to study and practice outside of course hours and during the crucial weeks between the end of the prep course and test day.

What is the format of the prep course?

We break down the MCAT into 44 lessons that our study guides cover in individual chapters. Before class, students read each chapter and work through 24 practice questions. In class, the first half is devoted to an engaging lecture covering the concepts in the before-class readings. Then, there’s a passage-based in-class exam on these same topics and a thorough instructor-led review of the in-class exam. After class, we offer even more online practice passages to further reinforce the topics and skills students learned before class and in class.

What is “uniquely comprehensive” about the prep course?

Prep101 takes a more comprehensive approach. We teach you all the science on the MCAT. We also help you master the MCAT’s challenging passage-based format. And we hone your critical thinking and reasoning skills. When you nail these three areas – knowledge, skills, strategies – you’ll get that higher score.

We offer 138 hours of live instruction – more than any other company. That includes 44 Lessons covering the basic science. But we also devote much more time to guided practice than other MCAT prep companies. Our 32 In-Class Exams and 14 Workshops led by expert prep instructors will help you master the skills and strategies you’ll need for the MCAT’s passage-based questions.

All of this adds up to a prep course that offers more of everything you need to get a top score.

What is "flexible" about the schedule?

We’re the only MCAT prep company that lets students customize their weekly schedule by offering each class multiple times.

Our Classroom Plus course helps you juggle your busy schedule and make the most of prepping for the hardest test of your life with a unique mix of in-person classroom prep on weekday mornings and weekday afternoons with live online prep on weekday evenings.

Should you prefer to stay in your pajamas the entire time, our Live Online Flex course brings each live online class to you four times weekly: weekday morning, weekday afternoon, weekday evening and weeknight.

What is "unlimited" about the free repeat policy?

Unlike our competitors, you can repeat our prep course any time and as often as you want until you reach your target scores. No restrictions or qualifications. No questions asked. No strings attached.

*It is recommended (not required) that repeat students purchase new course materials, if any, added since they last took the course.

What study materials are included?

Our prep course includes:

  • 6 Examkrackers Study Guides (11th edition)
  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions (11th edition)
  • Recordings of 138 hours of live instruction
  • Instructors’ Annotated Lecture Notes
  • 610 Prep101 MedReels
What practice materials are included?

Our prep course includes 1,200+ practice passages and 8,000+ practice questions:

  • 10 Altius Practice Tests + Analytics
  • 5 Examkrackers Practice Tests + Video Reviews
  • 5 AAMC Practice Tests + Score Reports
  • 2 AAMC Biology Question Packs
  • 2 AAMC CARS Question Packs
  • 1 AAMC Chemistry Question Pack
  • 1 AAMC Physics Question Pack
  • 1 AAMC Section Bank
  • 32 Examkrackers In-Class Exams
  • 101 Examkrackers CARS Practice Passages
  • 23 Prep101 After-Class Practice Sets
What official AAMC materials are included?

Our prep course includes:

  • 5 AAMC Practice Tests
  • 2 AAMC Biology Question Packs
  • 2 AAMC CARS Question Packs
  • 1 AAMC Chemistry Question Pack
  • 1 AAMC Physics Question Packs
  • 1 AAMC Section Bank
How does Coaching work?

Every new student is paired with an expert MCAT Coach who will motivate you and reinforce good study and practice habits outside of class hours from the start of the prep course through to test day. Your MCAT Coach will design a Personalized Study Plan exactly tailored to your individual circumstances. They’ll consider your science background, target scores, test date and everything else happening in your life to design a day-to-day study and practice schedule that’s the absolute perfect fit for you. Thereafter, your Coach will regularly check in with you to keep you on track and fine-tune your Study Plan. No other MCAT prep company offers anything close to this level of one-on-one expert guidance as a built-in component of the prep course.

How does the Personalized Study Plan work?

We know how crucial extra study and practice can be so that’s where our Personalized Study Plan comes in. Whatever your test date, target scores, science background and other time commitments, you’ll receive a tailor-made day-by-day study and practice schedule for when you’re not in class, and for the all-important weeks leading up to the MCAT itself.

How do In-Class Exams work?

Our 32 In-Class Exams cover only the topics you learned in the preceding lesson. Using what you’ve learned directly after you’ve learned it is the best way to ensure that your newfound knowledge really sticks. After completing each In-Class Exam, the instructor walks you through it and shows you how to analyze the passages, dissect the question stems, and attack the answer choices.

How do CARS Workshops work?

Our 12 CARS workshops are devoted solely to high-yield test-taking techniques such as effective time management, mapping and analyzing passages, reasoning within and beyond the passage, simplifying question stems, and elimination strategies.

What are MedReels?

MedReels are on-demand videos available for you to watch whenever it’s most convenient for you. 444 videos clearly and concisely explain every MCAT topic. Another 166 videos provide expert guidance on strategy and technique.

What are After-Class Practice Sets?

Our 23 After-Class Practice Sets of 5-10 passages are used to strengthen your grasp of the topic covered in each class and how it’s presented on the MCAT. They’re online, with the exact same interface as the MCAT.

What are Instructor Auditions?

We put prospective instructors through a competitive audion by having them teach a mock prep class to a room full of our former MCAT students. We can’t think of anyone better qualified than students to spot the best teachers, so we let your peers decide who we hire. No other prep company goes to these lengths to find the best instructors.

How do I sign up?

There are 2 ways to register for our MCAT prep course:

1. Online. The easiest way is online. VISA, Master Card, Amex, PayPal and debit cards (except CIBC) are accepted.

2. Phone. To sign up by phone, please call 1 877-878-0882. You can register over the phone using Visa, MasterCard or Amex.

What are my payment options?

You have two payment options:

1. Full payment guarantees your spot and course materials will be shipped to you in early spring (expect delivery within 5 business days).

2. $100 deposit guarantees your spot but your course materials will not be shipped to you until you pay the balance.

If I only pay the $100 deposit, when is the balance due?

14 days before the start of the course so we have time to ship course materials to you before classes begin.

If I only pay the $100 deposit, how do I pay the balance?

Log into our account and select Pay Balance.

What is the refund policy?

1. 100% refund if you withdraw at least two weeks before the start of the prep course.

2. Prep101 retains the $100 deposit if you withdraw less than two weeks before the start of the prep course.

3. 100% refund if the prep course for which you register is full.

4. No refunds after the start of the prep course.

If you have received the course materials, a full refund will be issued when you return the unopened course materials to us. Opened course materials now belong to you and the cost will be deducted from your refund.

What is the discount policy?

We grant a maximum of one discount per student per prep course. If you are eligible for multiple discounts, we will honour the discount with the highest dollar value. No new or additional discounts will be granted to registered students after the course starts.

What new course materials are recommended for repeat students?

As a repeat student, the only (optional) cost incurred is for new, or extensively updated, course materials. Depending on when you last took our MCAT prep course we strongly recommend, not require, you purchase the course materials listed below.

February 2021

  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions

2020

  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions

2019

  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions
  • AAMC Practice Exam 4
  • 6 AAMC Question Packs and AAMC Section Bank

2018

  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions
  • AAMC Practice Exam 4
  • 6 AAMC Question Packs and AAMC Section Bank

2017

  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions
  • AAMC Practice Exams 3-4
  • 6 AAMC Question Packs and AAMC Section Bank

2016

  • EK MCAT Complete Study Package (11th edition)
  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions
  • AAMC Practice Exams 2-4
  • 6 AAMC Question Packs and AAMC Section Bank
  • 10 Altius Full-Length Practice Tests

2015 or before

  • EK MCAT Complete Study Package (11th edition)
  • 6 Prep101 Classroom Companions
  • 6 AAMC Question Packs and AAMC Section Bank
  • AAMC Practice Exams 1-4
  • 10 Altius Full-Length Practice Tests
How do repeat students buy new course materials?

EK MCAT Complete Study Package (11th edition)
You can buy the EK MCAT Complete Study Package (11th edition) on your student portal here.

Prep101 Classroom Companions
You can buy the 6-Pack of Classroom Companions on your student portal here.

AAMC Practice Materials*
You can buy any combination of AAMC Practice Materials (Practice Exams, Question Packs, Section Bank) directly from the AAMC here.

Altius Practice Tests*
You can buy the 10 Altius Practice Tests from us for $190 CDN + tax on your student portal here or from Altius for $300 USD.

Examkrackers Practice Tests*
You can buy the 5 Examkrackers from us for $150 CDN + tax on your student portal here or from Examkrackers for $200 USD.

*Your access codes from previous years may have expired. These expiry dates are set by the AAMC, Altius, and Examkrackers – not Prep101 – so unfortunately there is nothing we can do to extend the lifespan of your codes.

How do I contact Prep101?

Phone
416 907 4404 or 1 877 878 0882

Email
mcat@prep101.com

Mail
Suite 600, 344 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario M5S-3A7

Question not here?

Phone us at 1 (877) 878–0882 or email us at mcat@prep101.com.

Saghar

Biol 241, Biol 311, Chem 351
Instructor since 2010
10 prep sessions
427 students helped
Experience
2013–presentPrep Instructor, Mechanics 
2013–presentPrep Instructor, Statics
2012–presentTutor, Statics, Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials
2012–13TA, Engineering Mechanics II
2012–13TA, Mechanics of Solids 
2011-13TA Mechanics of Materials 
2011TA, Engineering Economics
2010TA, Engineering Design & Communication 
Education
2012–presentPh.D. [Mechanical Engineering]
2012M.Sc. [Mechanical Engineering]
2009B.Sc. [Mechanical Engineering]
Student evaluations
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Student satisfaction
very satisfied 31%
satisfied 68%
not satisfied 1%