Okay, here's the drift.
[You may skip this following part and get to the bottom where I printed my question in bold.]
I'm smart (according to various sources). I really want a PhD.
I'm not getting it.
My boss designs the projects for his PhD students so out-of-this-world-utopic that nobody out of the six PhD students under his wing even has a chance for a good PhD. Rather, one already had to leave because of "publish or perish" things - no publish, no funding. I've had a great academic career until here: The country partially paid for my study expenses because I was considered DA SMARTZ, and except for a minor glitch, I have top scores from 1st grade to my undergraduate degree, and spent half a year going to school in the USA.
If I stay here, for all my smart brains, it may just be the stupidest thing I've ever done. It's a terribly arrogant thing to say, but I think I'm too good for this: When I get out of here, all that counts will be my PhD and my non-existent publications - screw the school records; I'll have an unspectacular PhD and no scientific record. Since my boss doesn't bother to introduce us to anyone in the field and seems to have a talent for pissing the relevant people off on top of that, I think I should be too smart for this. I think I should quit my job.
So, all things considered, as good as a German PhD is regarded internationally, what I want to do is enroll in a real PhD program where I can meet people, maybe be part of a teaching staff and get some results out of my work and hopefully better supervision. I have no problem working hard, studying hard and my brains will likely allow me some sort of success.
The schools I am looking into have, of course requirements. One of the schools I casually consider would require the MCAT. Looking into the tests it's a lot of what I have been educated in during my college career as a biologist anyway, but of course that is a while ago and the MCAT, in some parts, seems a bit more in-depth than what I know already. Especially the tough questions will be hard to crack (though I am not too worried about the English).
I need MCAT preparation books. I need to study (and I am actually looking forward to studying again), but one look at amazon tells me that it's not that easy: Apparently the Princeton Reviews is infested with typos and mistakes and Kaplan and the others are not as good. The elite MCAT book from Princeton Reviews seems to have been categorized by a reviewer as "too much, it won't help you for the actual test".
But this is a community full of adults, maybe some in medical professions, maybe some who took the MCAT. What's your experience and what material can you recommend?
Maybe I should add that I am very scared of taking this step, but many colleagues with more experience (they already have PhD) have let me know in some way or another that if they were me, they'd get out of here while they still can. For three of the other PhD students, this opportunity is gone and I'll be the next.