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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)


MCAT - Medical College Admissions Test

The MCAT is a requirement for all medical schools such as a GPA, there is no general value in score. The test examines your knowledge from university in the biological sciences, physical sciences, and verbal reasoning. An average more than 36 is a great score.

Exam Content:

Beyond testing for the mastery of fundamental concepts in biology, general and organic chemistry, and physics, the exam also assesses capacity for problem solving and critical thinking as well as general writing skills. By testing for these varied skills, medical school faculty hopes to encourage undergraduates with broad educational backgrounds to consider careers in the health professions and to persuade premedical students to explore a wide variety of course offerings outside of the natural sciences-as well as to identify those candidates most likely to be successful in the study of medicine. That is why the exam consists of the following diverse sections:
  • Physical Sciences,
  • Verbal Reasoning,
  • Writing Sample, and
  • Biological Sciences

Exam Locations

The MCAT exam is offered at hundreds of locations throughout the world. Although you can review a listing of test sites, we suggest you rely on the most up-to-date list found on the MCAT Scheduling and Registration System.

Preparing for the MCAT Exam

  • Begin with a careful review of the information available on the MCATWeb site. In particular, take note of the Preparing for the MCAT FAQ (accessible from theWeb site), which includes sample topics, a description of skills assessed, test items, and answer keys for the Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences sections of the exam. TheWriting Sample section includes sample essays and score explanation, and describes how to organize and compose responses.

  • In addition, you will also need to review relevant course outlines, notes, and textbooks, particularly in the sciences.

  • After you have studied the material online and reviewed course material, you should take one or more of the official MCAT Practice Tests in order to help determine the areas in which you may need further study.When you take a practice test, try to replicate an actual testing environment as closely as possible.Minimize distractions, time yourself, and take the sections in their standard order (Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning,Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences).