Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
***January 23, 2015 – LAST day of OLD exam***
From the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): "The MCAT exam is changing in the spring of 2015 to keep pace with the changes in medicine and medical education. The new exam is designed to help prepare tomorrow’s doctors for the challenges, advancements, and reformations of our future health care system. The first applicants to sit for the MCAT2015 exam will be those who apply to medical school for matriculation in the fall of 2016.
The changes to the MCAT exam in 2015 preserve what works about the current exam, eliminate what isn’t working, and further enrich the MCAT exam by giving attention to the concepts tomorrow’s doctors will need:
- Natural sciences sections of the MCAT2015 exam reflect recent changes in medical education.
- Addition of the social and behavioral sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.
- And the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section reflects the fact that medical schools want well-rounded applicants from a variety of backgrounds."
MCAT 2015 Test Sections
The MCAT2015 Exam has four test sections (the number of questions and minutes are approximate):
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (59 items, 95 minutes),
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (59 items, 95 minutes),
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (59 items, 95 minutes), and
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (53 items, 90 minutes)
For information regarding courses that cover the above concepts, please visit our pre-requisite page.
- Exam cost = $300; $115 fee for those qualifying for Fee Assistance Program (FAP)
- Exam length = 7.5 hours, including breaks
- 14 administration dates between April and September, with most falling on Fridays and Saturdays
- Fewer dates, but not fewer seats
- More on-campus testing locations across the country
- Registration opens in February 2015
- Score reports will include: percentile ranks, confidence bands and score profiles highlighting examinee's strengths and weaknesses
- AAMC.org, About the MCAT
- The Princeton Review, Changes to the MCAT
- Understanding MCAT 2015
- Preview Guide for the MCAT2015 Exam (Second Edition)
- MCAT - Khan Academy
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