Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) - Introduction

MCAT 2017

 

 

About MCAT

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a prerequisite for admission to nearly all medical schools in North America. Designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the exam is administered throughout most of the year, including January, March, April, May, June and July. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking and writing skills in addition to the examinee’s knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported for Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences. The MCAT assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, facility with scientific problem solving and critical thinking. The skills and concepts tested by the MCAT are those identified by physicians and medical educators as necessary for the practice of medicine.

According to the new version launched by the AAMC, the MCAT exam consists of the following four sections:

 
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Eligibility

  • Candidates can only apply for the health professions institutes listed below:
  1. Allopathic
  2. Osteopathic
  3. Podiatric
  4. Veterinary Medicine
  • International candidates are required to present a statement that verifies their intention to apply at a health professions institute
  • If a candidate is not applying to a health professions institute, he/she will have to obtain special permission to register for the exam
  • A candidate with an MBBS degree may apply for registration without special permission
  • Candidates have to submit their academic transcripts to the school they are applying to as the AAMC does not accept international transcripts
  • For admission into medical colleges in the USA, international candidates are required to have completed at least four years of undergraduate education.

Exam schedule and scores

 Test dates

 Score release

 January 14, 2022

 February 15, 2022

 January 15, 2022

 February 15, 2022

 January 20, 2022

 February 22, 2022

 January 21, 2022

 February 22, 2022

 March 12, 2022

 April 12, 2022

 March 25, 2022

 April 26, 2022

 April 8, 2022

 May 10, 2022

 April 9, 2022

 May 10, 2022

 April 29, 2022

 May 31, 2022

 April 30, 2022

 May 31, 2022

 May 13, 2022

 June 14, 2022

 May 14, 2022

 June 14, 2022

 May 19, 2022

 June 21, 2022

 May 27, 2022

 June 28, 2022

 June 4, 2022

 July 6, 2022

 June 17, 2022

 July 19, 2022

 June 18, 2022

 July 19, 2022

 June 24, 2022

 July 26, 2022

 June 25, 2022

 July 26, 2022

 June 30, 2022

 August 1, 2022

 July 16, 2022

 August 16, 2022

 July 29, 2022

 August 30, 2022

 August 5, 2022

 September 7, 2022

 August 20, 2022

 September 20, 2022

 August 26*, 2022

 September 27, 2022

 August 27, 2022

 September 27, 2022

 September 1, 2022

 October 4, 2022

 September 2, 2022*

 October 4, 2022

 September 9, 2022*

 October 11, 2022

 September 10, 2022

 October 11, 2022

 

Test centres

There are no test centres in India for the MCAT exam. Students have to travel to Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore to appear for the exam.

Exam fees

The fees for an MCAT exam are USD 310, plus an estimated $100 for international students. It comes down to INR 25, 750.

Test preparation

AAMC provides a great span of study material for aspiring candidates. The full syllabus can be found here. Public forums are available online for any questions related to the exam that candidates might have. For official knowledge about the MCAT, the best resource is AAMC Content Outlines. the official guide to the MCAT exam is also available on Amazon.

Exam pattern

The MCAT exam pattern according to their official website is as follows:

 Sections

 No of Questions

 Duration

 Break-up of questions

 Examinee Agreement

 –

 8 minutes

 –

 Tutorial (optional)

 – 

 10 minutes

 –

 Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

 

 59

 95

 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

 Break (optional)

 –

 10 minutes

 –

 Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

 

 53

 90

 ·         9 passages

·         5–7 questions per passage

 Mid-Exam Break (optional)

 –

 30

 –

 Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

 

 59

 95

 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

 Break (optional)

 –

 10 minutes

 –

 Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

 

 59

 95

 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

 Void Question

 –

 5 minutes

 –

 Satisfaction Survey (optional)

 –

 5 minutes

 –

 Total Content Time

 –

 6 hours 15 minutes

 –

 Total “Seated” Time*

 –

 7 hours 33 minutes(Approx)

 –

 

 

Source

“Medical College Admission Test (MCAT),” AAMC, https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

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