You must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in order to gain admission to medical school. The MCAT is given many times and in many locations from January through September. Please see the chart below for upcoming MCAT dates. To be eligible to take the MCAT, you must be planning to apply to a school for health professions. In order to take the test, you must sign a statement of intent. In addition, you also must sign an Examinee Agreement in which you agree that you will neither discuss the content of your MCAT test nor disclose it in any other way.
Your MCAT score informs medical schools of your knowledge of science concepts as well as your knowledge of mandatory principles foundational for the study of medicine. Finally, the MCAT also tests problem solving, writing skills, and critical thinking skills.
The four sections of the MCAT make up the test. The Sections are:
- 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
In addition, the test includes a total of 230 questions and a approximate seated time of 7 hours and 33 minutes. Since you are not penalized for guessing in the multiple-choice sections, you should do your best to answer every question. The raw score of these sections, which is the number you answer correctly, is converted to a scaled MCAT score ranging from 118 to 132. You will receive a scaled score for each of the three multiple-choice sections, so the highest possible total scaled score is 528. Two different readers grade the writing sample separately on a point scale ranging from one to six.
An applicant will need very high scores to get into a top ranked medical school. The average reported MCAT scores for entrance into Brown University were median score of 513. The average reported scores from Harvard are a 517.3 total composite score. This information can help you set goals for your anticipated MCAT score.
The registration cost for the MCAT is $310. You can take the MCAT up to three times in one year. For more information or to register, see the official testing website at www.aamc.org.
In order to ensure that you receive your first pick regarding time and date of testing, the AAPC advises registering for the test 60-90 days ahead of your desired test date.