The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assist admission committees in predicting which of their applicants will perform adequately in the medical school curriculum. The test assesses problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to the examinee's knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. The MCAT is scored in each of the following areas: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences.
Nearly all U.S. medical schools require applicants to attempt the MCAT before applying for admission. Please note that the format of the MCAT changed with the 1991 administration. Most schools will require applicants to take the new test and will not accept older scores. Applicants should refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) to determine specific MCAT requirements. The MSAR may be reviewed at many premedical advising offices or purchased by using the Applicant Publication Order Form.
Registration materials for the April 15, 2000 and August 19, 2000 MCAT administrations may be obtained by contacting: MCAT Program Office P.O. Box 4056 Iowa City, IA 52243 (319) 337-1357
The MCAT Fee Reduction Program was established by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to aid individuals with extreme financial limitations whose inability to pay the full registration fee would prohibit registration for the examination. The MCAT Fee Reduction Request Form is included with the MCAT registration materials, or it can be downloaded here.
MCAT scores may be released directly to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at the time of the test. If released, AMCAS will automatically forward the two most recent MCAT scores with application materials to AMCAS-participating schools to which the applicant applies. Please note, however, that AMCAS will not forward scores from pre-1991 MCAT administrations. At the time of the test, examinees may also designate six non-AMCAS institutions (i.e., non-AMCAS allopathic medical schools, schools of osteopathic, podiatric and veterinary medicine) as score recipients at no cost.
The MCAT Student Manual provides specific information on the format and scoring of the test as well as sample questions and a practice examination. The packet contains complete instructions for taking the test as well as answer keys. Practice Test II, III, and IV, released operational test forms, are also available. These packets include a scoring key, a table for converting raw scores to scaled scores for each test, and a set of additional practice items. A solutions explanation booklet is provided with Practice Test IV. All examinees are strongly urged to refer to the MCAT Student Manual and the Practice tests to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the examination. These materials can be purchased by using the Applicant Publication Order Form.
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