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Leaping Medical Education Barriers: Alumna Founds Alternative to Pricey Tutoring

Prep course costs are just one layer of the much larger financial obligation that comes with becoming a doctor, including attending college, paying MCAT registration fees, medical school application fees and traveling to interviews, to name a few. According to a 2020 analysis conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 38.1% of MCAT examinees from lower-income backgrounds completed test preparation courses, compared to 50% of examinees coming from higher-income backgrounds.

Educational barriers due to pricey prep courses are not the only issue regarding exam preparation that Jassal has come across. She also found a lack of tailored tutoring for each individual, minimal application-based learning and an absence of instructors who had actually taken the exam. Following her own MCAT experience in August 2020, Jassal saw the need for a new way of learning.

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