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The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required for admission to most medical schools. The MCAT is computer–based and tests physical and biological sciences, verbal reasoning, and writing skills. In 2015, the AAMC added a new section called Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section tests your ability to understand sociocultural, biological and psychological influences on behavior and social interactions as well as how people process emotion and stress.  You'll only want to take this seven–and–a–half hour test once, so prepare as thoroughly as possible.

Admissions officers use the MCAT as a predictor of your success in medical school. The exam is designed to test the skills you'll use when you get there, including basic science, verbal reasoning, and writing ability. The MCAT is a 7½ hour, computer–based test that has the reputation of being one of the most challenging standardized tests.

In Canada, most schools weigh your MCAT scores very heavily. Some schools set minimum cut–off MCAT scores that applicants must meet in order to be considered.

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If you're set on going to med school, you'll have to conquer the MCAT first. The Princeton Review offers many options for test preparation. In addition to in-person and online courses, students can purchase books and tests to practice on their own. The Princeton Review is proud to support several UC Davis Pre-Health Clubs, the 2016 UC Davis Pre-Health Conference, and this year's Med Prep series through the Health Professions Advising Office.

What's On The MCAT?


The MCAT is computer–based and tests physical and biological sciences and verbal reasoning skills.

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • 59 multiple-choice questions
  • 95-minute section
  • Tests basic biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • 59 multiple-choice questions
  • 95-minute section
  • Tests basic biochemistry, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

  • 59 multiple-choice questions
  • 95-minute section
  • Tests introductory psychology, sociology, and biology

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • 53 multiple-choice questions
  • 90-minute section
  • Similar to reading comprehension sections on other standardized tests
  • Passages come from a variety of humanities and social sciences disciplines

MCAT Facts


15 times/year


7 hours, 30 minutes


Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Biological Sciences, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior


Up to $300

Score Ranges

Each individual section on the exam is scored using a 118 to 132 range, with a median score of 125. You'll receive a score for each section, plus an overall score. Total scores will be centered at 500, with ranges from 472 to 528.

Avg. Score

125 in each section

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