The Medical College Admission Test or MCAT is a standardized test that has multiple choice questions. The examination aims to test the problem solving, critical thinking, knowledge of science and medical concepts and writing skills.
There are four sections in which a candidate is assessed and these are – Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Writing Sample and Biological Sciences. MCAT is a very important exam as MCAT is a part of the admission process of the majority of the medical schools.
US medical schools require the applicants to submit MCAT scores. If the MCAT scores are more than three years old then there is a high chance that the scores will get rejected and you will have to re – take the examination.
Preparing for the exam
There are many books and online resources available to prepare you for the all important MCAT examination. There is a guidebook available in the market which has been prepared with the help of MCAT staff and provides detailed information about the examination and test – taking. The book has questions from real MCAT exams explained answers and some other valuable data. In order to become familiar with the content and examination pattern of the MCAT, it is recommended that you go through at least 8 to 10 practice tests. Most of these practice kits come with explained answers.
Reserving a Seat
The MCAT is administered from the late January through early September and the test is held in various locations of USA, Canada and other parts of the world. For a regular registration you need to pay 230$ and 65$ extra for an international test site.
Taking the MCAT exam
Proper identification is required to appear for the MCAT exam. You can show a valid government issued ID card which contains photo, expiration and the all – important signature. Food, drinks and personal items are definitely not allowed inside the test room unless all those have been brought for the sick person in question.
The test scores are usually released after 35 days from the day of your test. The scores are also online and thousands of candidates can now check their scores and make any changes, if required.