Changes to MCAT

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In January of 2013, the Writing portion of the MCAT was removed.


In Jan 2015, biggest changes are:

  • Subjects: The MCAT will now test on BiochemistryPsychology, and Sociology.
  • Time: The exam will be longer, reaching a total testing time of about 7.5 hours, including lunch and breaks.

The Revised MCAT exam as of 2015 will include four sections:

  1. Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems - Need Biochemistry now
  2. Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  3. Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior - Need Psychology and Sociology now
  4. Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills - No specific coursework required, see below

For the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section of the exam, you'll be tested on analytical and reasoning skills from passages drawn from disciplines in humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, ethics, cross-cultural studies and population health.

For more information on the concepts covered in each of these sections on the revised MCAT exam you should consult the AAMC MCAT website and check out a Preview Guide of the MCAT 2015.

For more information on the MCAT exam, visit AAMC.