The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) assesses the applicant’s understanding of basic concepts in general biology, biochemistry, general/inorganic 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
- JoVE (pdf) MCAT video tutorials (current Harvard students have institutional access via HarvardKey login to the complete set of JOVE's MCAT prep resources and videos.)
- Test dates and registration
If you are using the old MCAT to apply for 2022 matriculation, check the school-by-school list of the oldest and latest MCAT test dates accepted for the 2022 application cycle in the Medical School Admissions Requirements which can be purchased at aamc.org, check individual school websites, or review this document.
- The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) provides benefits for MCAT registration, access to the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), and AMCAS benefits. Benefits are not retroactive, so be sure to apply early enough to receive full benefits of the program.
Retaking the MCAT
If your MCAT score was lower than you had hoped for, the following list of questions may help you decide whether to retake the MCAT: