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About the MCAT

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The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required for admission to most medical schools. This rigorous exam will test your knowledge of physics, biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, sociology, and psychology. Additionally, it serves to assess your capacity for problem solving and critical thinking.

Getting into your top-choice medical school is a highly competitive process and so you'll want to prepare thoroughly for the MCAT. The MCAT exam is unlike any other standardized test. Even the most gifted students will often score poorly on this test unless they are aware of the correct approach to taking the MCAT.

Click on the relevant link below to learn more:

  1. About the MCAT
  2. MCAT Test Dates 2023
  3. Contact Dr. Donnelly about MCAT lessons
  4. Read our MCAT students' reviews
  5. MCAT Exam - Section by Section
    1. Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    2. Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    3. Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior
    4. Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS)

About the MCAT

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MCAT Test Dates 2023 Schedule

There are four available MCAT test dates in January 2023:

  1. January 13, 2023
  2. January 14, 2023
  3. January 19, 2023
  4. January 27, 2023

January is the ideal option for students who wish to take the earliest available test date. Taking the test in January permits enough time to re-take if necessary and still make the early admissions deadlines. January test dates are also ideal for out of school students who have completed their prerequisites and are taking an interim year before matriculating into medical school or for students who attend schools that give a long break between fall and spring semesters.

January test takers should start preparing in September with the start of the fall semester.

There are six available MCAT test dates in March/April 2023:

  1. March 11, 2023
  2. March 24, 2023
  3. April 14, 2023
  4. April 15, 2023
  5. April 28, 2023
  6. April 29, 2023

March/April test dates are an excellent option for students who wish to have their scores back from the AAMC before the start of the application cycle. This gives applicants a distinct advantage in rolling admissions since their applications will be complete and ready for review by early June when applications open up.

Preparation for the March/April tests can begin as early as September with the start of fall classes, or as late as January with the start of spring classes.

There are 5 available MCAT test dates in May 2023:

  1. May 12, 2023
  2. May 13, 2023
  3. May 18, 2023
  4. May 26, 2023

Students who have already completed their finals can then fully focus on taking the MCAT without any other academic distractions. In addition, students' scores will be ready by late June, just after the start of the application cycle. May is also a good choice for students who wish to maintain the option to retest later in the summer before the close of the application cycle.

Preparation for the May tests can begin as early as October during the middle of fall classes, or as late as January with the start of spring classes.

There are six available MCAT test dates in June 2023:

  1. June 3, 2023
  2. June 16, 2023
  3. June 17, 2023
  4. June 23, 2023
  5. June 24, 2023
  6. June 29, 2023

Because many students wish to take the MCAT in June, students are advised to register well in advance. June is a very popular test date as it offers the unique convenience of allowing time for preparation over the summer as well as the ability to retest during the same application cycle.

Preparation for the June MCAT can begin as early as January with the start of spring classes, with lots of free time during the summer spent on practice.

There are two available MCAT test dates in July 2023:

  1. July 15, 2023
  2. July 28, 2023

July will be a popular choice for students wishing to take the early half of summer to prepare for the test. July will also be popular as students who've taken the exam earlier in the year look to re-take the exam

Preparation for the July exam can begin as early as January with the beginning of the spring semester or during in March.

There are five available MCAT test dates in August 2023:

  1. August 4, 2023
  2. August 19, 2023
  3. August 25, 2023
  4. August 26, 2023
  5. August 31, 2023

The August exam dates are ideal for students who need longer preparation time for the MCAT. These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the August dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.

There are three available MCAT test dates in September 2023:

  1. September 1, 2023
  2. September 8, 2023
  3. September 9, 2023

The September exam dates are ideal for students who need longer preparation time for the MCAT.

These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the September dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.


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Overview of the MCAT

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The New MCAT Exam

In 2015, the MCAT was updated to the new version of the test. The new MCAT has more tested topics. There are now three additional semesters’ worth of material in college-level biochemistry, introductory psychology and introductory sociology, increasing the number of prerequisite classes from eight to eleven. Passages will also place more emphasis on integrating topics, with general chemistry, physics, and biochemistry (for instance) all appearing within the same passage!

The new version of the MCAT is almost double the length compared to the old version. On the new MCAT, you'll face 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes. Each of the science sections will contain 10 passages with 4 to 7 questions each and 15 stand-alone questions. The CARS section has 9 passages with a total of 53 questions.

MCAT scores: You will receive five scores from your MCAT exam: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score. Each of the four sections is scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Your total score is the sum of your four section scores and therefore will range from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section

Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems</span> section of the MCAT

The Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT is 95-minute long and contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the biological and biochemical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

Understanding the processes unique to living organisms, such as growing and reproducing, maintaining a constant internal environment, acquiring materials and energy, sensing and responding to environmental changes, and adapting, is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of how cells and organ systems within an organism act both independently and in concert to accomplish these processes, as well as your ability to reason about these processes at various levels of biological organization within a living system. Click for more details.

Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS) Section

CARS section of MCAT

The CARS section of the MCAT is 90-minute long and contains 53 multiple-choice questions. This section includes passages from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities followed by a series of questions that lead you through the process of comprehending, analyzing, and reasoning about the material you have read.

Specific knowledge of these disciplines is not required for this section; all the information you will need appears in the passages provided. Among the areas from which content is drawn are ethics and philosophy, cultural studies, and population health. Click for more details.

Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior Section

Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior Section

The Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the MCAT is 95-minute section contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section tests your knowledge and use of the concepts in psychology, sociology, biology, research methods, and statistics that provide a solid foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health and health outcomes.

Understanding the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of the ways in which psychological, social, and biological factors influence perceptions and reactions to the world; behavior, and behavior change; what people think about themselves and others; the cultural and social differences that influence well-being; and the relationships between social stratification, access to resources, and well-being. Click for more details.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section

Chemical and Physical Foundations section of MCAT

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section of the MCAT is 95-minute section contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the chemical and physical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

Understanding the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of tissues, organs, and organ systems is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of the basic chemical and physical principles that underlie the mechanisms operating in the human body, and your ability to apply an understanding of these general principles to living systems. Click for more details.

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