What to Expect on the MCAT

What to Expect on the MCAT [Infographic]

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam designed to assess the test taker’s problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

There are four sections of the MCAT: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.

MCAT Secrets Study Guide
MCAT Secrets Study Guide

The Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems is timed for 95 minutes and consists of 59 questions. This section will ask you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the biological and biochemical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems is also timed for 95 minutes and consists of 59 questions. This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the chemical and physical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

The Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior is 95 minutes long with 59 questions. This section tests your knowledge and use of the concepts of psychology, sociology, biology, research methods, and statistics that provide a solid foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health and health outcomes.

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills is 90 minutes long with 53 questions. This section asks you to critically analyze information from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines. Specific knowledge of these disciplines is not required for this section; all of the information you will need appears in the passages provided.

What to Expect on the MCAT

MCAT Scores

You will receive five results from your MCAT exam; one for each of the four sections and one combined total score. Each individual medical school will set its own policy regarding which MCAT scores will be accepted-current scores, MCAT2015 scores, or both.

How Much Does it Cost to Take the MCAT?

Individuals wishing to take the MCAT exam will be required to pay a fee of $300 at registration.

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