The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a non-profit association which offers the MCAT test and services of accreditation to medical schools and many other tests, such as MCAT, USMLE, and COMLEX. It has 151 members in America and Canada; nearly 400 of them are hospitals and health systems.
Medical schools need admission to start studying in, and the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is one of the famous tests that is required from most of them around the world.
Medical College Admissions Test is a multiple-choice examination that aims to measure your ability and knowledge of solving problems, critical thinking, and social, behavioral, natural sciences fundamentals and principals that help you to study medicine easily.
However, all or most of the U.S and medical schools accept the score of the test as a predictor of your success. Also, MCAT tests your physical and biological knowledge and skills of reasoning data from different sources like charts or diagrams and writing ability. According to the AAMC website, the exam consists of four 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.
MCAT Study Materials
- Khan Academy Video Collection
- Roadmap to MCAT Content in Sociology and Psychology Textbooks
- The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam, Fifth Edition
MCAT Exam Details
- MCAT is a computer-based exam.
- The exam duration is 7 hours and 30 minutes (59 minutes for each section)
- The MCAT exam score is 125 for each section, but total scores will be centered at 500, you need to get 50% or higher.
- MCAT exam fee costs $315 and $370 for late registration 1–2 weeks before your test date.
Medical College Admissions Test Renewal
- Your score is valid for 3 years, after that you need to retake the exam again.
- Also, you should pay 60$ as fees for rescoring.