The Princeton Review

February 15, 2007 13:01 ET

The Princeton Review Gives Aspiring Doctors a Chance to Assess their Writing Skills With Free Grading of MCAT Practice Essays Feb. 25 - March 4

NEW YORK--(Collegiate Presswire - February 15, 2007) - The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently announced a partnership with Vantage Learning and Prometric to use computers to score the Writing Sample component of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Computer based essay scoring promises faster results to students taking the test and better consistency in scoring.

In light of this announcement, The Princeton Review is offering aspiring doctors a chance to take advantage of Princeton Review's LiveGrader(SM) technology to grade their MCAT Writing Sample for free. From Feb. 25 - March 4, 2007, prospective medical students can practice writing the MCAT essay on a computer within the same time constraints as the actual test, have their essays graded and returned within seven days, and assess their strengths and weaknesses to help them prepare for this arduous exam.

Many students bound for medical school feel more confident of their scientific know-how than their writing skills. But the MCAT Writing Sample is predictable, so the more practice a student gets, the better he will score.

The Writing Sample of the MCAT is designed to test a student's ability to analyze a topic in a non-technical field and to express his ideas clearly and consistently. It is the third section of the test immediately following the Verbal Reasoning Section. Students are asked to write two essays, each responding to a statement. The response must interpret the statement, illustrate an opposing view and resolve the two points of view.

The Princeton Review, a provider of test preparation for the college and graduate school entrance exams, uses the LiveGrader(SM) technology in their classroom and private tutoring prep programs. But from February 25 - March 4, 2007, the Company is making it available to anyone who registers on PrincetonReview.com. LiveGrader(SM) is a tool The Princeton Review developed that allows MCAT students to submit practice essays for grading by MCAT experts. These experts provide individualized feedback that helps students maximize their scores on the Writing Sample section of the MCAT. Essays are graded using the same standards as the actual computer-based MCAT.

The Princeton Review offers the most comprehensive and effective MCAT test preparation in the industry, and recommends that students begin studying at least three to four months before taking the actual test. The course includes 102 hours of classroom time and over 4,000 pages of review materials which cover the 550 science and verbal topics on the MCAT. Students who take Princeton Review's Hyperlearning MCAT course improve their scores an average of 10 points of a possible 45 on the actual MCAT, according to an independently verified 2002 study by ICR, International Communications Research. All Princeton Review MCAT courses come with a satisfaction guarantee.

Students can access MCAT LiveGrader(SM) by visiting http://www.PrincetonReview.com/MCATessay. Inquiries should be directed to 800-2Review.

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The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, The Princeton Review offers classroom and online test preparation, as well as private tutoring, to help students improve their scores on college and graduate school admissions tests. The company's free website, www.PrincetonReview.com, helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities. In addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to measurably strengthen students' academic skills by connecting ongoing assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance counselors. The Princeton Review also authors more than 190 print and software titles on test preparation; college and graduate school selection and admissions; and related topics.

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