Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)



First Advisor

Andrew J. Riquier, PhD


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a pivotal assessment for aspiring medical students, serving as a measure of undergraduate readiness in preparation for this huge advancement in their academic careers. Success on the MCAT requires content mastery, but to do that, strategic study approaches that are tailored to the individual, and comprehension of the test’s unique format and demands are essential. It is a common misconception that there are limited ways to study for the MCAT, while also sacrificing a legitimate understanding of the content. This project investigates further into identifying effective study methods for MCAT preparation with promise to provide recommendations for optimizing study strategies. Previous literature review suggests a combination of content review, frequent practice testing, and effective time management are key components for success on the MCAT. Here we identified primary and secondary study preparation resources of online-based curriculum that are geared toward effective study prep according to undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Furthermore, students in this study group explained the helpfulness of fellow peers and mentors that aided in the search for study resources that are geared most to their academic needs. We also collected evidence of effective practices from current medical students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, to provide retrospective insight on their MCAT performance. Overall, this project aims to contribute insights into optimizing study approaches for MCAT success. Our findings seek to aid pre-med undergraduate students in their pursuit for higher education and study methods that extend into their medical school journey.