MCAT Prep: The Ultimate Guide



About the MCAT


The Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, is a multiple-choice, standardized test that is required for admission to medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

This computer-based test is created and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a way to measure and compare applicants’ qualifications and preparedness for med school. In addition to the MCAT scores, Med school admissions teams in North America will create an assessment of applicants based on academic record and supporting materials.

What do you really need to know about the MCAT? A high score is one of the key factors that can have a positive impact on your med school admissions.


What’s on the MCAT?


General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Sociology are the content knowledge that the MCAT is going to measure you on. Besides content knowledge, however, the MCAT tests your critical analysis and reasoning skills (CARS).

What does this mean for you?

The MCAT means that you not only need to be able to recite and regurgitate, but actually know how to apply this knowledge. Knowing how to study for the MCAT is extremely important, as a high score is a result of students who have practiced interpreting and solving complex problems.


What are the MCAT Sections?


The MCAT is broken down into four 90 to 95-minute 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


How’s the MCAT Scored?

You receive a score for each multiple choice section, ranging from 118-132, with the mean and median at 125. A total score on the MCAT ranges between 472-528, with the mean and median at 520.


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