MCAT: Registration, Exam Dates, Scores, Pattern, and More

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Updated On 16 April 2024 & Read Time 11 minutes

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Are you preparing for the MCAT but wondering where to start? You have come to the right place to learn about the MCAT pattern, exam dates, scores, registration process, and other details.

 

In this regard, the blog provides complete information regarding the MCAT test, including the MCAT syllabus, MCAT test, MCAT test dates, MCAT registration process, how to do MCAT preparation and other important information related to the exam. 

 

What is the MCAT?

MCAT full form is the Medical College Admission Test. It is an entrance exam required for admission to medical school. The MCAT test is a multiple-choice computer-based exam, and it is essential for students who want to study in Canada and the United States to take it. However, the MCAT exam is not conducted in India; if one wishes to appear, the candidate can go to any other nation to take the exam.

 

MCAT Registration, Exam Dates, Scores, Pattern, and More

 

Eligibility Criteria for MCAT

Students are eligible for the MCAT only when planning to attend a health professional school, including osteopathic, veterinary medicine, allopathic, or podiatric. If you already have an MBBS degree, there is no need to take special permission to sit for the exam. Moreover, if you are an overseas student, you should have a degree in MBBS or be enrolled in it.

 

Indian Students who appear for the MCAT exam need to get ‘special permission’ if they are not determined to apply to a health profession school or have previously enrolled themselves in a medical course other than MBBS. To get special permission, specifically state the purpose for taking the exam on the email mcat@aamc.org

 

After that, the MCAT examiner officer will review and analyse your request, and the candidate can expect a response within 5 working days.

 

Also, Read: IELTS Exam

 

Difference between MCAT vs NEET

MCAT and NEET are both competitive exams for medical school admission. However, when deciding which one to appear for, they should first compare the difference between the two competitive exams:

Comparison

MCAT

NEET

No. of Applicants

Approx 85,000

Approx 15 lakh students

Required for

MD in the US/ Canada/ Australia

MBBS in India

Eligibility

Bachelor’s degree

Class 12th

Difficulty Level

Moderate

Tough

Features of MCAT

AAMC offers unique opportunities to those with disabilities. If a student has a handicap or medical condition that necessitates a change in the regular test method, they can apply for the MCAT exam with accommodations. However, because the complete procedure takes at least 60 days, candidates must submit the candidate's application as soon as possible for the selected date.

 

MCAT Registration Fees and Process 2024

MCAT registration is available throughout the year and can be given several times yearly. From January to March and again in September at various test centres worldwide in the United States, Canada and other places. Look at the table below for the registration fees for the MCAT exam 2024. Taxes and other charges may be applied.

Registration Fees

Amount

Standard Registration

$335

Fee Assistance Program Registration

$140

Also, Read: MD vs DM: Difference Between MD and DM

 

Fee Assistance Program Registration

Candidates who want to get fee assistance must register for the Medical College Admission Test at the following Rescheduling and Cancellations (in USD) charges:

Standard Change Fees

Date and Test Center Reschedule Fee 

Cancellation Refund

60 or more days before the exam

$50

$165

30-59 days before the exam

$100

$165

10-29 days before the exam

$200

$0
 

Fee Assistance Program Registration

Date and Test Center Reschedule Fee 

Cancellation Refund

60 or more days before the exam

$20

$70

30-59 days before the exam

$40

$70

10-29 days before the exam

$80

$0

Always check the availability of locations and test dates, then fill out the form on the official website.

 

To enrol for the MCAT, here are some tips to remember:-

  • First, create an account and a candidate's AAMC ID and password.

  • Fill in all the necessary details, such as your background, education and contact information. 

  • Select the exam location and date as per your choice.

  • Sign the examinee contract.

  • You can schedule your MCAT exam based on your availability.

 

2024 MCAT Exam Dates

There are 3 to 4 exam dates available every month. Below is the list of candidates looking for slots; please book them accordingly.

Test Date

60 Day Deadline

30 Day Deadline

10 Day Deadline

Score Release Date

March 9

Jan. 9

Feb. 8

Feb. 28

April 9

March 22

Jan. 22

Feb. 21

March 12

April 23

April 12

Feb. 12

March 13

April 2

May 14

April 13

Feb. 13

March 14

April 3

May 14

April 26

Feb. 26

March 27

April 16

May 29

April 27

Feb. 27

March 28

April 17

May 29

May 4

March 5

April 4

April 24

June 4

May 10

March 11

April 10

April 30

June 11

May 11

March 12

April 11

May 1

June 11

May 16

March 17

April 16

May 6

June 18

May 24

March 25

April 24

May 14

June 25

June 1

April 2

May 2

May 22

July 2

June 14

April 15

May 15

June 4

July 16

June 15

April 16

May 16

June 5

July 16

June 22

April 23

May 23

June 12

July 23

June 27

April 28

May 28

June 17

July 30

July 13

May 14

June 13

July 3

Aug. 13

July 26

May 27

June 26

July 16

Aug. 27

August 2

June 3

July 3

July 23

Sept. 4

August 17

June 18

July 18

Aug. 7

Sept. 17

August 23

June 24

July 24

Aug. 13

Sept. 24

August 24

June 25

July 25

Aug. 14

Sept. 24

September 5

July 7

Aug. 6

Aug. 26

Oct. 8

September 6

July 8

Aug. 7

Aug. 27

Oct. 8

September 13

July 15

Aug. 14

Sept. 3

Oct. 15

September 14

July 16

Aug. 15

Sept. 4

Oct. 15

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Exam pattern of MCAT

The MCAT exam format consists of 230 multiple-choice questions; to attempt that, the candidate has 7.5 hours. It emphasises the fundamental chemistry, biology, and behaviour-related ideas and their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Moreover, a typical exam day may include other responsibilities to the testing elements. The following paragraphs provide more information on the topics covered in each question.

Section

Questions [MCQ]

Time Allotted

Test-day Certification

4 minutes

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

44 [passage-related]15 [non-passage-related]

95 minutes

Break [optional]

10 minutes

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

53 [passage-related]

90 minutes

Mid-Exam Break [optional]

 

30 minutes

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

44 [passage-related]15 [non-passage-related]

95 minutes

Break [optional]

 

10 minutes

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

44 [passage-related]15 [non-passage-related

95 minutes

Void Question

3 minutes

Satisfaction Survey [optional]

5 minutes

Total-Content Time

6 hours and 15 minutes

Total “Seated” Time*

Approx. 7 hours & 30 minutes

MCAT Syllabus

Section

Topics/Skilled Tested

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • A preliminary level biology, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry fundamentals;

  • Biochemistry concepts at the level taught in the first semester of biochemistry courses at most universities;

  • Topics of cellular and molecular biology at the level studied in many colleges and universities in introductory biology sequences and 1st-semester of biochemistry courses;

  • Foundational research methods and statistics concepts as described by many baccalaureate faculty to be important for success in introductory science courses;

  • Individual scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and data-based and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • Analysis, critical reasoning and comprehension skills through critical thinking tasks in passages;

  • Topics of philosophy, ethics, population health, studies of diverse cultures along with diverse social sciences and humanities disciplines

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • A preliminary level biology, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry fundamentals;

  • Biochemistry concepts at the level taught in the first semester of biochemistry courses at most universities;

  • Topics of cellular and molecular biology at the level studied in many colleges and universities in introductory biology sequences and 1st-semester of biochemistry courses;

  • Foundational research methods and statistics concepts as described by many baccalaureate faculty to be important for success in introductory science courses;

  • Individual scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and data-based and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

  • Fundamental topics of psychology, sociology and biology that form a base for the study of behavioral and sociocultural components of health in medical school;

  • Concepts taught at many institutions in 1st-semester psychology and sociology courses;

  • Concepts of biology relating to mental processes and behaviour are taught in introductory biology at many colleges and universities;

  • Foundational research methods and statistics concepts, as described by many baccalaureate faculty to be important for success in introductory science courses;

  • Skills of scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and data-based and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences

Scoring Structure of MCAT

The scoring structure of the MCAT includes an individual section grading system and the overall exam total. Here are a few points that will help you understand the scoring pattern.

  • The rough score is calculated by adding all the accurate answers to all the multiple-choice questions.

  • There is no negative marking.

  • The calculated rough scores are scaled and measured from 118 lowest to 132 highest. 

  • The section scores are combined to get a total score ranging from 472 to 528.

  • Overall scores are based on the percentage of candidates scoring. 

 

Also, Read: Gmat Exam

 

How to do MCAT preparation?

It is a difficult task to prepare for the MCAT. Students from around the country take the exam, and getting good grades is something everyone struggles with. So, here are some tips to help candidates study for the MCAT:

  • The foremost thing is to acquire all exam-related information, from the curriculum to the exam date.

  • You can also prepare by purchasing practice papers from AAMC.

  • Only work on the weak spots that are not too long, and do not strain yourself overthinking.

  • MCAT flashcards help you to memorise the difficult sections. 

  • Gather all the exam resources that you will need from the official website.

  • Begin by preparing your weak points, but allow time to develop your already powerful notions.

  • Every week, practice sample papers to measure your readiness.

  • Take a full-length practice test to know your present understanding. The AAMC provides students FREE sample papers with comments and correct answers for each subject.

  • Use flashcards, group study, or other methods to help yourself to prepare successfully.

  • Take a full-length practice test a few days before the exam to identify your weaknesses and strengths. 

 

AAMC provides different resources to help students prepare for the MCAT. Some MCAT preparation books 2024-2025 are free, while others are pretty affordable:

  • Free preparation tips by MCAT

  • Sample Question Guide

  • Free Sample Test by AAMC

  • Roadmap to MCAT content

  • Free Khan Academy MCAT preparation video

 

Essentials for MCAT exam:

Candidate should carry the following things while appearing for the exam:

  1. MCAT accepted ID.

  2. Eyeglasses-subject to physical and visual inspection by test supervisors

  3. Storage key (provided at the test centre)

  4. Noteboard Booklet (provided at the test centre)

  5. Earplugs are provided at the test centre (personal earplugs are not allowed)

  6. Fine-point marker (provided at the test centre) 

 

Conclusion

To sum up, the MCAT is a Medical College Admission Test organised in Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world. It assesses candidates' readiness for medical school, checks students' skills and ability in critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge of behavioural, natural, and social science principles and concepts, and is a vital component of the medical school admission process.

 

To know more about the MCAT or its preparation for studying abroad, we encourage you to speak with our team of expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). Our counsellors will provide you with guidance throughout your study abroad. Get help with the application process, SOPs, and filing for a visa. Visit us and get one-to-one counselling, or avail yourself of free video counselling via our website. We will be happy to help you, so please do not hesitate to contact us at application02@meridean.org or 1800-1230-00011.

 

FAQs

1. When am I eligible to appear for the MCAT exam?

It is suggested that when the student has completed the relevant coursework, generally after the student's undergraduate course. As a result, this allows students to build a strong foundation in the subjects needed for the MCAT exam.

 

2. Till how long MCAT exam scores are valid?

The MCAT exam scores are valid for 3 years.

 

3. What is the complete duration of the MCAT exam?

The exam lasts approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes, including breaks. So, the actual time of the exam is 6 hours and 15 minutes.

 

4. What is the structure of the MCAT exam?

The MCAT exam consists of four sections, which are 

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

 

5. How many times can I take the MCAT?

The student can take the MCAT exam up to three times in a single year, four times in two years, and seven times in a lifetime.

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