ABOUT THE MCAT
The Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is required for admission to med schools in the United States and Canada.
The MCAT is developed and administered by testmaker Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to provide med schools with common measures for comparing applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for med school. Med school admissions committees look at your MCAT score, to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
In addition, your academic record and supporting materials are used to assess your foundations to build a successful medical career. A high score on the MCAT will have a positive impression on your med school application.
UNDERSTANDING THE MCAT
The MCAT exam measures your content knowledge in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology—it also tests your critical analysis and reasoning skills.
This means that the MCAT requires more than just an understanding of prior content. The MCAT is a test of critical reasoning skills that rewards students on their ability to apply test content. Knowing how to interpret and solve complex problems is the key to a great MCAT score.
The MCAT contains integrated sections, which means that subjects are not tested independently, but include overlapping areas of concentration, to mirror how you’ll encounter these subjects in medical school.
The integrated content on the MCAT is broken down into four test sections that comprise the exam:
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.
Each of the four sections of the MCAT is scored from 118 to 132, with the mean and median at 125.
This means the total score ranges from 472 to 528, with the mean and median at 500. See more on how the MCAT is scored below.
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