Amino Acids

Amino Acids

All MCAT roads lead back to amino acids. These biomolecules are fundamental: amino acids are tested directly and indirectly on the MCAT, and are incorporated into almost all biological experiments. Tune into this webinar for a thorough review of the basics and to see the most efficient way to organize amino acids!

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Identify amino acids by structure and abbreviation

  • Calculate amino acid pl

  • Calculate polypeptide charge and weight

  • Read amino acid designations in literature and tables


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • The 20 essential amino acids and their 3 letter, 1 letter abbreviations

  • Structural functionality and common uses for different amino acids

  • Amino acid precursors for neurotransmitters


On the MCAT

  • Amino acids are the foundations of biochemistry and thus the highest yield topic on the test. We usually recommend studying these biomolecules first and last so that you don't forget them on the big day!

  • The MCAT tests these biomolecules thoroughly and sometimes in surprising ways - stay alert!


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