About the MCAT® Exam

Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian medical schools require you to submit MCAT exam scores as part of your admission application.

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

In April 2015, the AAMC launched a new version of the MCAT exam. Scores are reported in 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

Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require you to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.

Learn more about the changes to the MCAT exam and why they are important for building the physician workforce of the future.

Learn more about Changing the MCAT Exam

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MCAT Essentials

The MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2018

The New MCAT Exam

Watch this two-minute video about the new MCAT exam and what it tests.

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