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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is a standardized exam used by allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, schools of podiatry and some veterinary schools as an aid in predicting an applicant’s potential for success in the basic science component of a graduate level curriculum. The MCAT is given twice a year, in the spring (usually mid April) and the fall (mid August). The latest you can take an MCAT test is the fall of the year before you expect to matriculate in medical school (e.g., applicants for the 2003 entering class must take the MCAT no later than the Fall administration of 2002). However, you should plan to take the MCAT in the spring preceding your application. Registration packets for the test may be obtained in the Premedical Education office, Williams Science room 221. The registration material must be mailed back well before the deadline, for in the event of a mix-up, such as failure to sign the application, failure to enclose the registration fee (which is presently $210) or failure to provide a picture, the form will be returned. The AAMC offers a Fee Reduction Program lowering the MCAT testing fee for eligible individuals to $55. The deadline for registration is normally 30 days prior to the test.

Taking the MCAT® Exam

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), developed and administered by the AAMC, is a standardized, multiple-choice examination created to help medical school admissions offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

Visit our FAQ page for updates on the MCAT testing program’s response to Covid-19.

Read an open letter to MCAT examinees and our community.

Note: Many of the testing services are moving towards online applications. Please check with the office of Premedical Education for more information.

Applicants often ask about the advantages of taking the test during the spring versus the fall. In the typical schedule for undergraduates, the test is taken during the spring semester of your junior year so that test scores are available before you submit applications to medical schools. This is highly recommended since some schools begin to fill classes prior to the release of Fall MCAT scores. The chief advantage to this schedule is that you can repeat the test in the fall if your scores are lower than they should have been or than you wanted them to be. Both scores are released to medical schools and the majority of admission committees evaluate all scores equally. Taking the spring MCAT also gives you an alternate date in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as getting sick on the test date. In addition, taking the test in the spring allows you to have your completed application considered by the medical schools at the earliest possible date. Medical schools send out their first acceptances by October 15, which means that some candidates who have taken the Spring MCAT would already have been accepted to medical school before their peers who had taken the Fall MCAT had even received their test results.

Is MCAT tougher than NEET?MCAT gives you more than 1.5 minutes for each question but Neet gives you less than 1 minute. MCAT has passages for students to find answer but in Neet you have to remember everything. Conclusion: clearing Neet Is far far more difficult than MCAT.

Is the MCAT the hardest exam?Some people have even asked: “Is the MCAT too difficult?” While the exam is challenging, the short answer to that question is “no.” Each and every year, students do well on the MCAT, making them even stronger candidates for medical school.

Who is eligible for MCAT exam?MCAT Exam Eligibility

A candidate is eligible for taking the MCAT if he/she plans to attend a health professional school, which includes Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric and Veterinary Medicine. If you’ve completed (or pursuing) an MBBS degree program, you don’t need a special permission to sit for the exam.

Is MCAT hard for Indian students?Becoming doctor in India is far more difficult than In USA. But to give MCAT you must be a graduate from some other course and it straight gives you MD but Neet gives you MBBS. Then you should give Neet PG to get MD(extremely more difficult to get than in MCAT).

Can I write MCAT after 12?You can definitely apply for MCAT, if you have done 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology subjects. MCAT is Medical College Admission Test for various healthcare course in USA. Hence, if you are aiming for courses like MBBS, then only you need to appear for this exam.

Is Khan Academy MCAT good?Many students use only Khan Academy for their MCAT content review. … As an added bonus, every Khan video has practice questions associated with it, and there are hundreds of practice passages on the website. While it may not be a complete replacement for your MCAT study guide, it is a fantastic supplement.

Is MCAT multiple choice?It is a multiplechoice, computer-based, standardized exam that is required for admission to med schools in the United States and Canada. … A high score on the MCAT will have a direct, positive impact on your med school application.

Is there any age limit for MCAT?* Candidate who pass MBBS course can apply for MCAT examination. * Candidate who are currently studying MBBS course can also apply for MCAT. * There is no age limit for appearing in MCAT

Is 3 months enough time to study for the MCAT?The AAMC recommends that the average pre-med student spend between 300 and 350 hours over several months preparing for the MCAT. Three months might seem like plenty of time to prep, but you’ll still need to set aside many hours of study time each week in order to score competitively on the MCAT.


About the MCAT® Exam

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