What is On the MCAT?

Instructor: Donna Smith
This article will inform you of what you can expect to see when taking the MCAT. Once you have a handle on that, you can learn about some helpful preparation resources for the test.

MCAT Content

Overview of Sections

The four different sections on the MCAT include:

  • 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

The first three sections of the test focus on the following:

  • Knowledge of scientific concepts
  • Problem solving and scientific reasoning
  • Reasoning that pertains to research design and execution
  • Statistical and data-based reasoning

The fourth section includes material on social sciences and humanities. This section is concerned exclusively with the reasoning and analytical skills that will help you do well in medical school.

MCAT Section Disciplines

Each of the sections covers varying amounts of subject matter. Check out the table below to learn more.

MCAT SectionDisciplinesNumber of QuestionsTesting Time
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems65% introductory biology, 25% 1st semester biochemistry, 5% general chemistry and 5% organic chemistry 5995 minutes
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 30% general chemistry, 25% introductory physics, 25% 1st semester biochemistry, 15% organic chemistry and 5% introductory biology 5995 minutes
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior65% introductory psychology, 30% introductory sociology and 5% introductory biology 5995 minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills50% social sciences and 50% humanities 5390 minutes

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