This webinar will review the common types of drugs that are tested in the behavioral sciences and biological sciences.  We will review the 4 major categories of psycho-active drugs: stimulants, depressants, opioids and hallucinogens. We will also review common disease treating drugs like NSAIDs, antibodies, antidepressants, and immunosuppressants that have been known to appear in passages.  Drugs are a big, open world! We will target this webinar to the drugs that we see often on the test!

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Most of the drug knowledge will be memorization but be on the lookout for places where biochemistry and organic chemistry come into play.

  • Use question stem information well.


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • 4 classes of psychoactive drugs

  • Antidepressants vs. antipsychotics

  • Basic drugs against infections (antibiotics and antivirals)

  • NSAIDs and the inflammatory pathway


On the MCAT

  • Psychoactive drugs will mostly be recall BUT the test will require that you make basic inferences about drugs from passage/question information. You may not need to know the specifics of Tamiflu but a passage can easily provide you with enough context.

  • Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance are often tested.


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