The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is a national admissions test for students interested in going to medical school.
The MCAT covers the following:
- Physical Sciences
- Verbal Reasoning
- Biological Sciences
Most test questions are multiple choice, although the writing component involves two essays. Expect to spend more than 5 hours at the testing center.
The MCAT is administered online, and you'll see only one question at a time. The order of questioning varies from test to test, but the order does not change based on whether your responses are correct or not.
Check for MCAT study materials at your local library or bookstore. Here are some other ways to prepare:
- Download and read the free "MCAT® Essentials" (PDF).
- Review MCAT practice questions:
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Scores to Aim For
Scores for the specific sections are as follows:
- Physical Sciences—1 to 15
- Verbal Reasoning—1 to 15
- Writing Sample—J to T (it's an alphabetical rating)
- Biological Sciences—1 to 15
Thus, your total MCAT score can range from 3 to 45. The average score is 24, with a writing score of O. The more competitive medical schools are looking for scores of at least 30, with a writing score of P or Q.
What if you want a higher score?
You can take the MCAT no more than three times in the calendar year. Many colleges do not accept scores that are older than 3 years.
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