The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) is a multiple-choice exam taken during the preparation for admission to a school of medicine. MCAT® scores are required for admission to many medical schools in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, most schools only accept MCAT® scores that are current within the past 3 years. The test measures your ability to think critically, solve problems, and recall knowledge in the areas of the physical and biological sciences. Verbal reasoning ability is also assessed by the MCAT®.
The MCAT® is divided into 4 sections:
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
NOTE: Within some of the sections, there are also questions that test your Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning Skills. For this reason, we have created a fifth section containing this type of practice question to help you prepare for the test.
Beginning in April 2015, the MCAT® became a little different. The MCAT® has always tested areas of the natural and physical sciences, as well as assessing your verbal reasoning skills. The 2015 version also includes questions based on introductory courses in biochemistry, psychology, and sociology and requires you to use skills from multiple-discipline areas to answer questions. It lasts about 2 hours longer than the previous version of the MCAT® and should be taken by students planning to enter medical school in 2016 and beyond.
The following are important notes about the MCAT® exam.
You will receive a palm vein scan during your admission to the test center.
Your ID will be verified and you will provide a digital signature when checking in.
A digital photo of you will be taken.
Do not leave the test center for any reason during the entire test administration time.
You will be required to sign an Examinee Agreement in order to test. You can find information about this document on pages 10 through 12 of the official MCAT® information booklet. You should definitely read the agreement before test day.