Performing well on the MCAT is no joke. There’s a lot of material covered and feeling comfortable with it all can take a serious amount of time.
One way of speeding that up is with flashcards. A staple of active recall and evidence-based learning techniques.
What’s even better however are pre-made Anki flashcards. Delivered and packaged by some of the highest scoring MCAT’ers around…
The Best MCAT Anki Decks
The 6 decks we’ll be looking at are:
- Bouras’ MCAT Anki Deck
- MileDown’s MCAT Deck
- Ortho528’s MCAT Deck
- NextLevelColor’s MCAT Anki Deck
- RebopBebop’s MCAT Deck
- Jacksparrow2048’s MCAT Deck
Bouras’ MCAT Anki Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 13,333| Year of Upload: 2020| Required Plugins: Hierarchical Tags 2 |Size: 963 Mb.
Let’s start with the newest and most comprehensive of all MCAT Anki Deck’s currently available; Bouras’ Deck.
This deck is huge and has absolutely everything you need. It’s cloze (fill-in-the-gap) format for most cards too, meaning you can zip through it a bit faster than decks that lean more on the basic card format.
It’s sources are listed as:
- Psych/Social (P/S): 300 page Khan Academy resource (JackSparrow (more on this later) and Khan Academy)
- Bio/Biochem (B/B): MileDown (more on this later) PDF, Memorangapp, JackSparrow
- Chem/Phys (C/P): MileDown PDF and Physics Equations
- Lab Techniques
- ScienceSimplified’s YouTube channel
- 1018 cards from u/PsychAnswer4U’s MCAT Behavioral Sciences Anki deck
- 101 cards from Ortho528 MCAT Anki deck
- 1112 cards from MileDown’s MCAT deck
- u/Tiramiwho’s entire Anki deck
The deck is divided into subdecks so you can pull topics out as and when you need. Here’s how it all looks…
What’s also very cool is that there are field prompts on some cards. Meaning you have to write the answer.
That makes recall even more powerful!
Also Andrew Bouras’ message next to the download link is absolutely gold. I love it!
P.S. Make sure you do the survey too. It’ll help make this deck even better for future users. You’ll find a link to it when you go to download the deck.
MileDown’s MCAT Anki Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 2900| Year of Upload: 2018 | Required Plugins: Hierarchical Tags 2 |Size: 227 Mb.
Considered one of the favorites of all MCAT decks created by the Anki community, MileDown’s deck is special to say the least.
Built on his popular 90 page review sheet PDF and his 300 page Khan Academy Psych/Soc document, all the content you’ll ever need for the exam sits inside this deck.
The 2,900 cards are organized into 7 subdecks. Download the Hierarchical Tags addon and you’ll be better placed to navigate the tags.
Here’s how it’s divided…
The cards are primarily in the cloze style format, linking out to Khan Academy or YouTube where possible.
This makes it incredibly useful to contextualize any flashcard and make sure you clarify each concept.
Another awesome feature is that this deck includes all the equations you’ll need for the MCAT too.
The only potential downside of this deck is age. MileDown took the MCAT in 2018 and made this deck during his gap year – so there may be a couple things missing.
But users still rave about it nonetheless!
Ortho528’s MCAT Anki Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 4351| Year of Upload: 2017 | Required Plugins: Image Occlusion |Size: 116 Mb.
Put together by Ortho528, who scored a 132 on all of the content sections of the MCAT, this deck is perfect for students studying for the MCAT from scratch.
Evidenced by Ortho themselves, who was a career changer into med, at 4000 plus cards this is as comprehensive a resource you’ll get.
The cards a mix of cloze-format and images taken from prep resources…
The content is based on the following:
- Khan Academy (psych)
- Kaplan Biochem
- The Princeton Review series
So could be a good fit for anyone using these resources!
Ortho recommends using this deck alongside the practice tests in some of these prep materials, as well as the AAMC samples and section packs.
Here’s another sample card…
My only complaints about this deck is that the tagging could be better. Each topic is organized but it would just benefit from hierarchical tags and a couple links out to web resources for cross-referencing etc.
You’ll also need the image occlusion plugin for a good number of cards.
NextLevelColor’s MCAT Anki Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 5950| Year of Upload: 2018| Required Plugins: Image Occlusion, Hierarchical Tags|Size: 3.71 Mb.
NextLevelColor scored an impressive 519 with this deck, another based off of Kaplan’s 2018 content. Their total study time was about 2.5 months.
The main pro of this deck is organization. With the hierarchial tags plugin it works beautifully and you can lock and unlock topics as you go. It’s tagged by the relevant Kaplan chapter.
The AA tag is also another nice touch. You can use this to create custom study sessions and go town on learning tricky amino acid names and structures.
Cards are a mix between basic and clozed-deletion.
It’s worth checking out NextLevelColor’s write-up for the MCAT in the original thread for this deck. They talk about all the materials they used to score well including NextStep exams, the AAMC online practice content resources and UWorld.
And there’s an excellent breakdown on how best to use this deck too.
RebopBebop’s MCAT Anki Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 6289| Year of Upload: 2016| Required Plugins: N/A |Size: 172 Mb.
RebopBebop is the creator of another popular MCAT anki deck favorited by the r/Mcat student community. They scored 518 on the test (going in with a 3.8 GPA).
The deck is another based off the Kaplan MCAT book series and is widely used for its bio and biochem cards more specifically.
What’s incredibly useful about this deck is the way it’s been uploaded. Simple pick the chapter you want to cover and upload it into Anki. Here’s an example of how the downloads are organized….
Again these are in a basic (back-to-front) style format.
RebopBebop has also created a 7-page long primer designed for students intending to take the MCAT. Even though it’s a little old, it’s still definitely worth a read.
Here’s an excerpt from there:
One, the MCAT does not tell you how smart you are. I scored a 518 (97th percentile) and I will be the first one to say that there are plenty of times where I am the dumbest person in the room. The MCAT only tests how well you prepared for the MCAT. I have seen plenty of posts online describing people who have 3.2 GPA’s but scored 525 on the MCAT. Anyone can do it, including me. Including you.
How’s that for inspiration?
Jacksparrow2048’s MCAT Deck
Deck Type: MCAT| Cards: 6289| Year of Upload: 2020| Required Plugins: N/A |Size: 172 Mb.
One of the more recent MCAT Anki decks out there on the web, Jacksparrow2048’s deck wasn’t actually intended for release so is a bit rough around the edges.
Here’s how it’s organized…
And here’s an example card…
Despite the rough organization the popularity of this deck is booming among the r/AnkiMCAT community.
A big reason for that is the deck’s inclusion of AAMC spoilers – as well as Jack’s own success, scoring 527 on the exam.
Cards are mainly of basic (back to front) format with a few cloze-style sprinkled in. Compared to the other decks on this list it’s a bit more slow moving but also more comprehensive.
The content of the deck borrows from:
- Things he thought were missing from rebopbebop’s (everything except pysch) and cubene’s decks (for Behavioral Sciences)
Jack recommends you go through the books first before grinding these cards for maximum effect. And that you keep practice consistent.
3 months is the time he took to prepare. After maturing 60% of the deck and logging 300 hours.
Additional Information On MCAT Anki Decks
Recommended MCAT Flashcard Resource
If you’re not into digital then I’ve got you covered. You can learn just as effectively from old-school style flashcards as you can flashy apps.
The gold standard flashcard deck for the MCAT is that produced by Kaplan Test Prep.
There are over 1000 essential cards here that serve as a definitive review of everything you need to master. It has a 4.5/5 review on Amazon from over 1,000 people. It’s also one of the main resources all the decks above are based on.
Recommended MCAT Textbook Resource
Again, the big daddy MCAT resource that’s most recommended for smashing the exam is the Kaplan Test Prep series.
It’s not cheap by any means, but you are getting 7 top quality books that are the most up-to-date of all MCAT-related materials.
Possibly worth buying for the full-length online practice tests alone….
Related MCAT Flashcard Questions
Top Tips For Using Anki MCAT Flashcard Decks
- Visit the original threads of the creator’s who made the decks and read the comments for best practices
- Stay consistent with the reviews
- Don’t rely on flashcards alone: do plenty of practice questions!
- Persevere with Anki if you’re new to it: head to YouTube for simple explainers
Why Use An Anki MCAT Deck?
- Completely free to download and use
- Speed: save time creating your own
- Built to be used alongside popular resources (Kaplan, TBR etc.)
- Community based (share tips and hints on how best to get through decks etc.)
Where to Find More Anki MCAT Decks
The absolute best place to go to find more MCAT decks – both for all and individual topics – is the r/AnkiMCAT/wiki page.
Here you’ll find all the most popular decks listed with basic information (card count, sample cards, resources used as the base etc.) given for each.
You’ll also find the download links too.
As these have all been vetted by the community, with feedback given in real time, you know they’re worth using.
Related Anki Questions
If you’re not familiar with Anki, I recommend checking out The Anking YouTube channel.
This offers many useful tutorials and tips for Anki users. It’s primarily designed for med students but the content is just as good for students in other fields.
Here’s a good primer below…
How Do I Add Plugins To Anki?
You can plugins, such as the hierarchical tags and image occlusion ones mentioned in some of the decks above, by going to tools > add-ons > get add-ons…
Alternatively press ctrl + shift + A on your keyboard.
From there, go to “browse add-ons” and copy the code of the plugin you want into the field here.
The code for image occlusion is 1374772155. For hierarchical tags it’s 594329229.
It’s that easy.
Why Do I Have To Go To Reddit To Download?
Reddit is where these decks are uploaded and shared. The original users deserve credit and the opportunity to be thanked for their hard work.
The files for these decks are hosted in these threads created by the deck’s creator.
Final Thoughts: Best Anki Decks For MCAT
It can be difficult knowing where to get started when it comes to the MCAT.
Anki can be an amazing resource though – especially with decks like these!
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