Below are a few recommendations for MCAT books (courtesy of to aid you with your study and preparation efforts. These reviews are based on feedback we’ve received from past clients.


For quick reference, links to all of our medical school-related book reviews can be found right here:


The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, 5th Edition by AAMC

It’s always hard for us to go against an official guide, i.e. one written by the test’s developers.

7 Full-length MCAT Practice Tests by Gold Standard Team

Are you looking for additional practice tests to augment the official ones? This is the best unofficial practice material we have come across! Seven complete practice exams containing a total of 1,610 high-quality MCAT practice questions come with this guide. Five of the tests are in the book with two more online.

Just one word of warning in the interest of ‘full disclosure.’ The book comes with a non-transferable code for one year of online access. Most of our readers are not interested in used test prep books. They don’t want to be influenced by other readers’ notes. Additionally, they are (hopefully!) going to complete their MCAT test preparations within one year of the book’s purchase.

Examkrackers MCAT Study Package by Jonathan Orsay

Our most up-to-date information on the MCAT comes from clients who have recently taken the test – and we continue to hear overwhelmingly positive feedback from them on the usefulness of the Examkrackers books. This complete study package is currently in its eleventh edition.

MCAT Workout, 2024-2025: 4 Practice Tests + Complete Content Coverage by Princeton Review

As the title states, you are buying a comprehensive MCAT prep package with four practice tests. If you have an affinity for Princeton Review, here is your guide.

MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2024-2025: Set Includes Books, Online Prep, 3 Practice Tests by Kaplan

If you’re a fan of the Kaplan approach, then we strongly recommend this comprehensive latest-edition MCAT guide.


Examkrackers MCAT Biology by Jonathan Orsay

Now in its eleventh edition, this MCAT biology guide has wowed many of our applicants over the years.

Examkrackers MCAT Physics, 11th Edition by Jonathan Orsay

Also in its eleventh edition, this MCAT physics guide has wowed many of our applicants over the years.

MCAT Psychology and Sociology: Strategy and Practice by Bryan Schnedeker

Psychology and sociology don’t always require augmented preparation resources, but the feedback we’ve received on this guide are quite positive.

Examkrackers: 1001 Questions in MCAT, Organic Chemistry by Michelle Gilbertson

Organic chemistry tends to frustrate a lot of MCAT test takers (see Should Organic Chemistry Be a Requirement for Med School? for more on this) and this book does a good job of breaking down the information covered in your undergrad class that is most likely to appear on the exam.

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