By Haeyoung Lee

If you're looking for a high-quality MCAT course, you don't have to live in a big city or a college town, and you don't have to commute to class every week. A good live online MCAT course delivers an interactive classroom environment right to your desktop or laptop computer, enabling you to participate in lecture classes, small-group review meetings, and private tutoring sessions no matter where you are. An on-demand online MCAT prep course is another solid option if you're looking to save some money and study at your own pace.

When it comes to online MCAT prep courses, Kaplan hits a home run. The MCAT Advantage course delivers more than 70 hours of live instruction covering every aspect of the MCAT test. The company's course delivery platform utilizes audio-video and text-based communication technology and an interactive whiteboard tool to deliver a truly interactive virtual classroom experience. The MCAT AdvantagePlus package adds one-on-one online mentoring services to the standard MCAT Advantage course. If you already have a solid grasp of the MCAT basics, Kaplan's MCAT Advanced course is designed to focus in on the most difficult parts of the test to give you an extra edge. This course includes more than 70 hours of live online instruction. Finally, Kaplan also offers an excellent on-demand study option with prerecorded video lessons following the same curriculum used in the standard MCAT Advantage course. All of these terrific online courses provide you with full access to all of the supplementary learning and practice materials that traditional classroom students receive.

The Princeton Review stands right alongside Kaplan as one of the best online MCAT course providers in the country. The company's MCAT Ultimate course offers online students access to 105 hours of live instruction using state-of-the-art course delivery technology with live audio communication capability and a virtual whiteboard tool. Just like traditional classroom students, online students receive instruction from three to five different instructors over the length of the course, each with expertise in a particular area of the MCAT. The Princeton Review Self-Paced Study course delivers the same great content MCAT Ultimate students get but in a prerecorded video format. Finally, if you're looking to get some focused instruction on the verbal reasoning section of the MCAT, The Princeton Review's 15-hour MCAT Verbal Accelerator course is one of the best online options in the industry. offers a solid selection of online courses that combine on-demand video lessons and virtual classroom meetings. Choose from stand-alone courses that cover each of the individual MCAT content areas, including biology, physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, and verbal reasoning, or go with the complete Platinum Package for a comprehensive MCAT prep solution. Although the virtual classroom component of the courses built around a simple text-chat tool can't compare to the interactive whiteboards and audio or video communication tools offered by the top two companies, online courses do rank among the most affordable in the industry.

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