The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) currently assesses the medical school applicant’s understanding of basic concepts in general biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, non-calculus based physics, statistics, psychology, and sociology. The test consists of four multiple-choice sections:
- 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
For the most up-to-date information about the test, please visit the official Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) website. Some highlights include:
- What’s on the MCAT Exam?
- Online practice questions
- Khan Academy MCAT video collection
- Test dates and registration
The old MCAT will be accepted for the 2017 cycle by almost all medical schools, but if you are using the old MCAT to apply for 2017 matriculation, check the list on aamc.org: Medical school policies for accepting scores from the current and the new MCAT® exams (pdf) or individual school websites. For a school-by-school list of the oldest and latest MCAT test dates accepted for the 2017 application cycle, see the listing in the Medical School Admissions Requirements which can be purchased at aamc.org.
Retaking the MCAT
If your MCAT scores were lower than you had hoped for, the following list of questions may help you to decide whether to retake the MCAT: