What is the MCAT?
What is on the MCAT?
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Is the MCAT difficult?
The seven-hour plus length, comprehensive scope, and intensity of the MCAT exam make it a difficult exam, even for the most gifted students. The exam covers a broad range of MCAT topics across many hard science disciplines, including biology, physics, and organic and inorganic chemistry, as well as social sciences and humanities. The MCAT is designed to reward you for not just knowing concepts but also understanding how to apply them.
When should I take the MCAT?
Ideally, one year before you apply to medical school. For example, if you want to apply during your senior year of college, consider taking the MCAT exam as you head into your junior year. That said, it is wise to take the MCAT only when you feel ready so you give yourself the best chance of achieving your target score.
When should I start studying for the MCAT?
How do I study for the MCAT?
How is the MCAT scored?
You earn a score for each of the four test sections on the MCAT exam, with scores ranging from a low of 118 to a high of 132, and a midpoint of 125. Then your scores for the four sections are combined to create your total score, with scores ranging from 472 to 528, and a midpoint of 500.
What is the MCAT passing score?
The MCAT exam does not have a set passing score. What is considered a “passing score” on the MCAT depends on several factors and each medical school sets its own average MCAT score for acceptance. While admissions criteria vary from one school to another, recent data has shown that a score range of 514-528 will put you in the top 10% of all test-takers while scores of 508-513 will put you in the top 25% of all test-takers.
What MCAT score will get me into medical school?
How soon do you get MCAT results?
How many times can you take the MCAT?
The AAMC allows you to take the MCAT up to three times in one year, four times within two years, and seven times in your lifetime.
How much does it cost to take the MCAT?
It costs $315 to register for the MCAT and $370 if you register late (1-2 weeks before your test date). This MCAT registration fee includes the distribution of your MCAT scores to medical schools. Additional fees for canceling or rescheduling the test do apply. The AAMC does offer a Fee Assistance Program for test-takers who absolutely need financial aid to register for the exam.