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MCAT Preparation Program

The Office of Medical Education, in partnership with the Office of the Provost and Executive-Vice Chancellor, offers qualified UC Merced undergraduate students a combined MCAT preparation course through Kaplan, a test preparation company, and coaching from Dr. Pinesett The Study.Doc program.


Kaplan offers preparation courses for the MCAT exam. Kaplan offers a variety of course format options such as self-paced, live online, and boot camp.  


  • Full MCAT on-demand course, available 24/7 
  • 90+ hours of live and recorded lessons on the MCAT® Channel 
  • A 2,900+ question Qbank that learns your skill level and adjusts as you go 
  • 16 full-length, realistic practice tests 
  • 7-book MCAT Subject Review set, plus a Lesson Book 
  • 130 interactive Science Review videos 
  • All the official AAMC practice material available 
  • 6 months of access  

The Study Doctor  

The Total Student Transformation program was developed by Dr. Andre Pinesett at Stanford University and has helped thousands of students to get motivated, achieve better test results and ultimately achieve their academic goals through this preparation and study skills course. This program provides web-based training in four areas: effective time management, study skills and advanced study strategies, professional develop (e.g., networking, application, personal statement interviewing) and mental fitness (e.g., motivation, goal setting, stress management). 


  • Course: How to dominate the MCAT without an expensive prep class (over 30 hours of on demand lectures, lifetime access). 
  • Community: Access to Dr. Pinesett’s COGG (Cult of Greatness Group) 
  • Coaching: Access to biweekly live coaching sessions with Dr. Pinesett.  
  • Dr. Pinesett will also host a zoom meeting to onboard students. 


Must be a current student at University of California, Merced. You must be in good standing with the University and not on academic probation.  

Program Cost 

The subsidized cost of the UC Merced MCAT Prep Program is $200. This includes a Kaplan Prep Course and the Total Student Transformation program. The Office of Medical Education will cover the remaining balance of the costs. Please email Kelli Cato at to reserve your spot.

Financial assistance is available on a case-by-case basis. If a student is unable to afford the cost of this program please contact



Steps to complete the application

STEP Notes:
1. Review the eligibility criteria at the right

You are eligible if: 

A) You are a current UC Merced Student who has attained at least junior status 

B) You are a UC Merced graduate who graduated less than one year ago 

C) UC Merced alumni who graduated more than one year ago are eligible to obtain the prep course at a discounted rate of $1325.00 

2. Complete the MCAT Practice Test at this link: www.??????

You will need to submit this score on your application.

3. Compose a short answer to the question at the right:

Tell us why you want to become a doctor. In your answer, consider the following thoughts: -How will use this course to become a doctor? -Who inspired you to become a doctor? -What challenges or barriers have you experience in your life? How did you overcome them? You will upload your response (300 word limit) as part of the application. Files must be less than 2 MB.Allowed file types: txt rtf doc docx odt xls ods.

4. You will also need the following information:

Your cumulative Grade Point Average.

Previouw MCAT schore

5. Complete the application at the link to the right

   Application deadlines 

 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis     from January 2 - April 15. No extensions will     be granted.  

   Application timeline:  

Upon submiwwion you will      receive email confirmation that the application was received. The applicant should  expect the application review to be completed within 2-3 weeks.