MCAT 101

MCAT FAQs from AUC's Office of Admissions

Average MCAT Scores for Incoming AUC Students (2015-2016)

Current MCAT version: 496
Previous MCAT version: 25

Note: AUC accepts students whose MCAT scores are above or below the ranges above, and take many characteristics (listed further below) into account when assessing an applicant's candidacy.

The MCAT exam is an important rite of passage on your journey to medical school. Administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), this standardized, computer-based test measures your grasp of concepts fundamental to the study of medicine. It’s designed to be challenging, comprehensive and, above all, thorough. It’s not an exam that rewards rote memorization—it’s designed to assess how well you understand these concepts, and how you can apply them to real-world healthcare scenarios.
To help you better understand how the MCAT fits in to medical school requirements, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) Office of Admissions has compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about the MCAT. Check out the FAQs, and the answers, below.

BLOG POST: Read what our dean, Dr. Heidi Chumley, thinks about the use of the MCAT in our admissions process.

Why Is the MCAT Exam So Important?

Reputable Caribbean medical school admissions committees, such as AUC’s, look very closely at an applicant’s MCAT scores when evaluating that person’s readiness for medical school. That’s not necessarily because we think that your MCAT score defines you—it doesn’t. Rather, it’s because studies show that a student’s MCAT performance can be directly correlated to that individual’s future medical school performance.

Many schools, AUC included, offer merit-based scholarships that take your MCAT score into account along with your other qualifications.

What Topics Does It Cover?

Take a look at this page for a detailed breakdown of what you can expect on the MCAT, including descriptions of each section.

When Should I Take the MCAT?

That depends on where you want to start medical school. For example, if you want to enroll at AUC for the September 2016 class, you'll need to take the MCAT by Saturday, June 18, 2016. If you want to enroll for the January 2017 class, you'll need to take the exam by Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

Another important point: Know that the MCAT isn’t really a test you can cram for. Taking the MCAT exam without adequate time to study could potentially work against you. But keep in mind that if you retake the exam, some schools, including AUC, will consider both scores.  

We’ve compiled a breakdown of upcoming MCAT test dates and registration deadlines to help you with your decision. We have also included information about when you need to take the MCAT if you are planning to enroll in one of AUC’s three semester starts each year.

Also: Be sure to take a look at some MCAT tips and strategies, shared by AUC Senior Associate Director of Admissions Jamie DeTrinidad.

*Institutionally reported data.