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MCAT Overview

The MCAT is a computer-based exam and consists of 3 sections:

•Biological Sciences
•Physical Sciences
•Verbal Reasoning

The exam is offered 22 times a year.

Important:  For Class of 2016 students and Class of 2015 students who may take a gap year, the MCAT is changing, effective spring 2015. 

Who will take the MCAT2015 exam?

If you plan to apply to medical school with a goal to start in the fall of 2016, this is the exam to consider. If you are applying for medical school with a start date before the fall of 2016, please visit the Web site for the current MCAT exam for more information.

The changes to the MCAT exam in 2015 preserve what works about the current exam, eliminate what isn’t working, and further enrich the MCAT exam by giving attention to the concepts tomorrow’s doctors will need.

Natural sciences sections of the MCAT2015 exam reflect recent changes in medical education. Addition of the social and behavioral sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.

And the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section reflects the fact that medical schools want well-rounded applicants from a variety of backgrounds

Check the AAMC MCAT2015 website for more information and updates regarding these changes.

Timing of MCAT
TU premed students should take their MCAT after completion of their premed required courses, usually in the spring / early summer of their junior year or the summer after their sophomore year.

We're happy to meet with students to discuss the best time for them to take the MCAT

Preparation
The MCAT web site provides the following preparation materials:

Content outlines for each test section
Preparing for the MCAT FAQ answers:

◦When should I take the MCAT?
◦Am I ready to take the MCAT?
◦Do I need to take a commercial review course?

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