The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) at a Glance
Important note! Starting in the spring of 2015, a completely new MCAT exam is in place. It will be quite different from the exam that has been offered for the past 15 years or so. Be sure that any information you get pertains to the new exam!
Here are a few quick facts about the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT):
- It's required for all medical school applicants.
- Your score is given considerable weight by admissions committees.
- The test is long, more than six hours.
- It's offered many times throughout the year, but not at UMM.
- It has four sections:
- 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
The Morris Pre-med Advising Committee offers the following recommendations:
- Take the exam by June of the calendar year you will apply to medical school (the summer after your junior year, for example, if you plan to apply the fall of your senior year).
- Complete the Morris recommended coursework and, in addition, allow several months for review.
- Form study groups.
- Use the MCAT preparation texts available in bookstores, and take practice exams (see below).
- Use the MCAT preparation material available in bookstores and at the MCAT webpage. Be sure to purchase and carefully read the ‘Official Guide to the MCAT(2015) Exam', and take several practice exams if possible.
You’ll find comprehensive information about the exam, including practice tests, at the MCAT webpage. Be sure to download and read the ‘MCAT Essentials’ booklet. Important note: A completely new, revamped version of the MCAT will be in effect starting in 2015. See the MCAT webpage for details, and check the recommended coursework page for courses that should be completed before attempting the new exam.