About the MCAT
In order to be accepted into medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, you'll most likely be required to provide Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores as part of the application process. Administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the MCAT is taken by approximately 85,000 examinees per year who are seeking acceptance into medical school, graduate programs and health professions. The test is offered several times throughout the year, and testing centers are located in the U.S., Canada and other countries. The MCAT is a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that evaluates your proficiency in the scientific subjects you need to know in order to succeed in medical school. You can also expect to be tested on your critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The MCAT's new version, which as launched in 2015, contains four sections that are administered in a computer-based format. The exam sections include Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. Each exam section has between 53-59 questions, and they can take between 90 and 95 minutes to complete. On the day of the test, you'll also sit for a few short additional sections and a handful of optional breaks between each major testing section. The total sitting time for the MCAT is around 7.5 hours.
The MCAT's four sections are scored on a scale between 118 and 132. Your overall MCAT score is the sum of each exam section, so you can expect to receive a score between 472 and 528. You'll also be given a percentile rank based on how other candidates performed on the test. In general, you'll be eligible to register for the MCAT if you're taking it for application purposes to qualified medical schools. In certain instances, you can arrange for special permission to take the MCAT, such as if you want to change medical schools. You'll be able to make all of your testing arrangements on the official online MCAT Registration System.
Study.com currently offers the following MCAT test preparation course:
About the Study.com MCAT Course
To help you review all of the information you'll need to be familiar with by the day of your MCAT exam, we've crafted our test preparation course with simplicity and flexibility in mind. The course is aligned specifically with the content that appears on the MCAT, which helps ensure that you're only studying information that will impact your score. Our course is also taught by expert instructors who use an engaging and simplified teaching style; this way you can enjoy the studying process and easily understand essential MCAT concepts
In this course, you'll find a handful of resources that help you prepare for the MCAT. Starting from the course dashboard, you'll be able to start the course from the beginning or navigate to the chapter topics you feel like you should spend the most time studying. Inside each chapter is a series of bite-sized video lessons that are typically less than ten minutes long. The concise nature of the lessons allows you to quickly watch the lessons, and the accompanying transcripts are available to print for offline study. When you're finished with a lesson, try reinforcing your knowledge with our self-assessment quizzes. The quizzes help you evaluate your comprehension of the material, and if you get a question wrong, you'll be able to quickly jump to the correct answer within the lesson. We also encourage you to take our rigorous MCAT practice exams, which are designed in the same style, format, and difficulty level the real test. Take these practice exams to see how far you've progressed, how prepared you are overall, and which subjects you should go back and study further.
If you need any help along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to our expert tutors. The Ask the Expert feature allows you to submit any questions you may have about the course material or the MCAT exam. We also want to make sure that you're able to fit adequate studying time in your schedule, which is why the course is accessible 24/7 and available on any computer or mobile device. Study whenever it's convenient using your computer, laptop or the Study.com mobile app.
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