MCAT Preparation

The MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) is a standardized exam required for entry to most U.S. medical schools. Both morning and afternoon administrations are offered, with a total "appointment" time of 5 1/2 hours. Actual testing time is 4 1/3 hours. The test day itinerary goes as follows:

Physical Sciences Section

  • 70 minutes
  • 52 questions

Optional Break (10 minutes)

Verbal Reasoning Section

  • 60 minutes
  • 40 questions

Optional Break (10 minutes)

Writing Sample

  • 60 minutes
  • 2 questions

Optional Break (10 minutes)

Biological Sciences Section

  • 70 minutes
  • 52 questions

The Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences Sections consist entirely of multiple choice questions with four possible answer choices for each question. For each of the two Writing Samples, students are given a single statement and asked to explain how the statement is true, under what circumstances the statement might be false, and what guideline one might use to determine the veracity of the statement for a given circumstance.

The Physical Sciences Section

The Physical Sciences Section consists of a series of passages on physics and inorganic chemistry topics. Each passage is followed by a set of multiple choice questions with four possible answer choices. In addition, there are 10-15 free-standing multiple choice questions. The science background knowledge required is equivalent to the knowledge acquired by taking first year undergraduate physics and chemistry courses.

The Verbal Reasoning Section

The Verbal Reasoning Section consists of a series passages with an average of 600 words per passage. Each passage is followed by a set of multiple choice questions with four possible answer choices. Most questions require an understanding of the main idea of the passage. No outside knowledge is required.

The Biological Sciences Section

The Biological Sciences Section consists of a series of passages on biology and organic chemistry topics. Each passage is followed by a set of multiple choice questions with four possible answer choices. In addition, there are 10-15 free-standing multiple choice questions. The science background knowledge required is equivalent to the knowledge acquired by taking first year undergraduate biology and organic chemistry courses.

The MCAT is administered by The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). More information can be obtained at AAMC.org.