The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is a multiple choice exam required by US medical schools to test knowledge of physical science, biological science, and verbal reasoning. A fee assistance program is available for this test. Many schools will not accept scores more than 3 years old.
You will want to take as many of the required courses as possible before the test. Taking upper level classes may assist in developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. We strongly encourage students to take Biochemistry, as it now appears on the MCAT2015.
The strongest way to increase a score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assessing strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assessing with another practice test is vital. Check out the official AAMC website for tips on preparing.
Timing and Organization
Take the exam when ready. Most people do so in the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to medical school.
The MCAT requires planning, for studying and test taking. It takes 30 days to get scores back, which are needed for the application process.
Many programs have "rolling admission"; meaning they begin to fill seats as soon as their application cycle opens. The longer one waits to apply, the less spots available to claim. Plan ahead and apply early.
The New MCAT 2015
The biggest changes are:
- Subjects: The MCAT will now test on Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology.
- Time: A total testing time of about 7.5 hours, including lunch and breaks.
The Revised MCAT exam as of 2015 will include four sections:
- Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems - Need Biochemistry now
- Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior - Need Psychology & Sociology now
- Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills - No specific coursework required, skills from passages drawn on from various disciplines
For more information on the concepts covered in each of these sections on the revised MCAT exam you should consult the MCAT 2015 webpage. A detailed MCAT 2015 Preview Guide is also available. Please check this page for updates and more information on changes.
For more information on the MCAT exam, please visit the AAMC MCAT page.