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How UMD MCAT Prep Works

Preparation | Schedule | Strategies | Instructors | Parking Info | Contact Info

Required Preparation

UMD MCAT Prep is valuable to students who have sufficient preparatory coursework. This program will not teach basic material but build upon it. The program is open to all interested students.

Students should have completed the following UMD courses–or their equivalents:

  • Principles of Biology 1, BSCI170/171
  • Principles of Genetics OR General Microbiology, BSCI222 or BSCI223
  • Cell Biology & Physiology, BSCI330
  • General Chemistry 1, CHEM131/132
  • Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM231/232
  • Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM241/242
  • General Chemistry 2, CHEM271/272
  • Fundamentals of Physics 1 &2, PHYS121/122 or higher

Students may be concurrently registered in (or completed):

  • Biochemistry, BCHM461 or 462, or 463
  • Mammalian Physiology, BSCI440


UMD MCAT Prep meets every Wednesday, January 9-April 3, 2019 (UMD is closed March 17-24 for Spring Break). This non-credit workshop meets at the College Park campus in room 1130, Plant Sciences Building.

  • Classes meet 6 – 9 p.m. 
  • Practice work outside of class begins January 2, 2019. Students complete a full length MCAT® pre-test and continue working over the semester break on MCAT® preparation activities.
  • Throughout the spring semester, practice tests are conducted outside of class and combine AAMC practice material and material written by the UMD team. 
  • Class time is used to review student questions and unfamiliar concepts. 
  • For the tentative schedule, click here.

Learning Strategies

As a successful student you know how to study and earn high grades. The MCAT® requires some special approaches to be successfully mastered. Here are some to get your preparation off to a strong start.

  • Understand the context of your knowledge. Context allows you to apply what you know, but also helps you to better learn scientific details. 
  • You probably know a lot of basic math, physics, chemistry, and biology. The point of this knowledge in the context of medicine is to understand the foundations of biological and behavioral concepts and process. Begin now to think about the integration of all of the sciences to understand how life works.
  • MCAT® will query your basic knowledge in natural and social science in the context of a passage or a research study that you probably have no prior knowledge of. Start now to read published research papers in any area of biology or social science, and identify the basic scientific principles and processes related to the topic of the paper.


  • Dr. Joelle Presson, Assistant Dean CMNS, Director of Science in the Evening, Program Leader
  • Dr. David Buehrle, Faculty Department of Physics, UMD
  • Dr. Bonnie Dixon, Faculty Department of Chemistry, UMD
  • Dr. Michael Keller, Faculty Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, UMD
  • Dr. Sungwon Woo, Faculty Department of Philosophy, UMD
  • Dr. Deborah Stearns, Faculty Department of Psychology, Georgetown University

Parking Information

Many un-metered campus parking lots are unrestricted after 4:00 p.m. Students taking classes that begin after 4:30 p.m. generally do not need to purchase a parking permit. Paid parking lots, garages, and meters are available should you need to come to campus before 4:00 p.m. The University does have several restricted lots for which parking permits are required at all times. Pay careful attention to the signage to avoid parking tickets. For more information, contact the Department of Transportation

Contact Information

Office of Extended Studies

Dr. Joelle Presson, Assistant Dean, CMNS

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