What Is the MCAT®?
What Is on the MCAT?
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
When Do You Take the MCAT?
The MCAT is administered between January and September at hundreds of locations throughout the United States and Canada (in addition to select international sites). MCAT test dates are updated each year, and you should register for the MCAT as soon as you know your preferred testing date. Most students take the MCAT in their junior or senior year of college after having completed introductory science, psychology, and sociology courses. Some students choose to retake the MCAT if they don’t receive their desired score.
How to Study for the MCAT
The best way to prepare for the MCAT is to develop a study plan spanning at least 3 to 6 months before your exam. For many students, this consists of AAMC resources supplemented with an MCAT prep course. The latter will allow you to practice premium MCAT-style questions with more robust study tools, and provide insights on how to improve your score. The AAMC also encourages examinees to master introductory-level biology, physics, psychology, and sociology, as well as general and organic chemistry, and first-semester biochemistry.