Best Way to Study for the MCAT

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Because MCAT exam scores are an essential component of medical school applications, proper MCAT preparation is critical for aspiring doctors. Read on to learn how to prepare for this important step toward a career in medicine.

MCAT Preparation

You should not feel overwhelmed when it comes to preparing for the MCAT. The different topics you'll see on the test are ones that appear in various introductory courses in college, such as those that cover psychology, sociology, biology, general and organic chemistry, and biochemistry.


According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the organization that administers the MCAT, there's certainly more than way to prepare for the test, and one approach is not necessarily better than another. Some of the basic steps include learning about the structure of the exam, which is shown below, and then deciding which content areas you feel like you need to study for the most.

Test Portion Multiple-Choice Items
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 59
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 53
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 59
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior 59

The AAMC has prep resources available for purchase. In addition to a study guide, you can also buy an official sample test.'s MCAT prep courses are available at low monthly rates. In these courses, you'll find chapters containing short, engaging video lessons. Each lesson has a short practice quiz, and you can also take chapter exams as well as a final course exam so that you can assess your grip on the content. Check out the MCAT Prep Test: Practice and Study Guide and MCAT Prep: Tutoring Solution course for highly effective and efficient test prep.