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The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an admissions test required for entry to graduate medical programs, usually in the United States (US) and Canada.

The multiple-choice computer-based test comprises of four sections, each assessing the following topics and skills:

Section I: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

Scientific inquiry and reasoning skills using university-level knowledge of general chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory physics, introductory biology, and first semester biochemistry.
Section II: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Comprehension, analysis, and reasoning of topics in the social sciences and humanities
Section III: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Scientific inquiry and reasoning skills using university-level knowledge of general chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory physics, introductory biology, and first semester biochemistry.
Section IV: Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Scientific inquiry and reasoning skills using university-level knowledge of introductory biology and first-semester psychology and sociology courses.
Sections
Questions
Duration
Scoring
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems48 multiple choice76 minutes118 (lowest) - 132 (highest)
Break (optional)10 minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills48 multiple choice81 minutes118 (lowest) - 132 (highest)
Mid-Exam Break (optional)10 minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems48 multiple choice76 minutes118 (lowest) - 132 (highest)
Break (optional)10 minutes
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior48 multiple choice76 minutes118 (lowest) - 132 (highest)
Void Question2 minutes
TotalApprox. 5 hours and 45 minutes
Including Test-Day Certification, optional tutorial, optional breaks, Void Question, and optional Satisfaction Survey
472 - 528

FREQUENTLY ASKED MCAT QUESTIONS

Which schools require the MCAT?

A non-exhaustive list of schools that require the MCAT include:
Duke-NUS Medical School
Columbia University
Duke University
Harvard Medical School
Johns Hopkins University
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Stanford University
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Yale School of Medicine
Ohio State University

What is a good MCAT score?

Generally speaking, a competitive MCAT score is 510 with an accompanying 80th percentile placement.

How long is my MCAT score valid for?

Validity periods vary between schools, typically between 2 – 3 years. There are exceptions, however: Duke-NUS, for instance, will treat MCAT scores as valid for up to 4 years.

How often can I sit for the MCAT?

You may sit for the MCAT three times in a single testing year; four times over two consecutive testing years; and seven times in a lifetime.

When is the MCAT held?

The MCAT is held on multiple dates between January to September each year.

When will my results be available?

MCAT scores are usually released around 1 month from the date of the test sitting.

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