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The MCAT exam is administered multiple times from late Jan through early September. It is offered at hundreds of test sites in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Late registration ends approximately one week before the test date.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based standardized test required for admission to medical school in the USA and Canada. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis, and writing skills in addition to knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.
See information on our Test Prep Tutors for the MCAT.
The exam is offered 25 or more times per year at Prometric centers.
Most students take the MCAT in their junior or senior year of college, before they apply to medical school.
The MCAT consists of four sections:
|1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
[Approx. ½ of this section is similar to the ‘old’ MCAT Physical Sciences]
|2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
[Very similar to the ‘old’ MCAT Verbal Reasoning]
|Non-sciences. All information necessary to answer the questions can be reasoned from the passages.||53||90|
|Mid-Exam/LUNCH Break (optional)||-||-||30|
|3. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
[Most of this section is similar to the ‘old’ MCAT Biological Sciences]
4. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
|Total Content Time||-||-||6 hrs, 15 min|
|Total "Seated" Time (approx.)||-||-||7 hrs, 30 min|
Here are three important points to consider about the score scales: