Practice with MCAT Exam Features

Practice with Exam Features


Please note: the AAMC is making changes to the way the MCAT exam interface looks, feels, and functions on test day beginning with the 2018 testing year.

The changes to the interface include:

  • Higher screen resolution
  • Clearer font size and type
  • Optional keyboard shortcuts (You do not need to memorize the shortcuts. The shortcuts are indicated by an underlined letter within a word and are available on relevant screens.)
    • Available while answering and moving between questions:
      • Alt + N to advance the screen to the next question or to answer No in a pop-up screen
      • Alt + P to return to the previous screen
      • Alt + V to  open the Navigation window
      • Alt + H to highlight text in yellow or remove the highlight added to text
      • Alt + S to draw a line through any text or remove the line added to the text
      • Alt + T to open the periodic table
      • Alt + C to close the Navigation window or periodic table
      • Alt + F to flag a question for review
    • Available within the Section Review:
      • Alt + E to end the review of a section or the exam
      • Alt + W to return to Section Review after reviewing an individual question
      • Alt + A to review all questions
      • Alt + I to review incomplete questions
      • Alt + R to review flagged questions
      • Alt + Y to answer Yes in a pop-up screen
      • Alt + O to answer OK in a pop-up screen
    • Available within  the Score Report for practice materials (Not available on the real exam):
      • Alt + X to review incorrect questions

A new way to highlight and strikethrough is now available on both the passages and the questions. Note: if you took the MCAT exam prior to January 2018 or have used any practice materials before December 2017, highlight and strikethrough functionalities operate differently. We recommend you practice using your mouse and shortcuts to determine what works best for you. 

All existing AAMC practice materials have been automatically updated to reflect the new interface. The content and skills tested and the order of the exam sections will remain the same.