Tips on surviving the MCAT from Jamie DeTrinidad, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
MCAT FAQs from AUC's Office of Admissions.
What is The MCAT Exam?
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 note 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 into 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
AUC takes a holistic approach when we’re considering you for our program—the MCAT is just one piece of your overall profile, along with your undergraduate performance and adherence to personal attributes that AUC looks for in a candidate, like volunteerism and social maturity.
Many schools, AUC included, offer merit-based scholarships that take your MCAT score into account along with your other qualifications.
Take a look at the MCAT Section Breakdown for a detailed breakdown of what you can expect on the MCAT, including descriptions of each section.
All told, you will encounter four sections on test day:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
The first three sections will test your overall knowledge of foundational concepts, not just facts. At the same time, they will challenge you to integrate and analyze information from multiple disciplines and to apply that information to new situations. For these sections, you’ll need to be demonstrating knowledge of scientific concepts and principles; scientific reasoning and problem-solving; reasoning about the design and execution of research; and data-based and statistical reasoning.
Reaching for your energy drink yet? The fourth section will ask you to read and think about passages from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities and answer questions that test your ability to comprehend, analyze, and reason about anything from Horatio to Hollywood.
Wondering how the exam will be scored? The AAMC has released information detailing the scoring scale and what your MCAT score report will look like.
See the schedule below of MCAT Test Dates in 2020 and when you need to take the MCAT to enroll at AUC.
MCAT Test Dates 2020
When to take the MCAT?
Planning when you’re going to take the MCAT can be just as important as how you ultimately perform on it. MCAT scores aren’t released instantly—the AAMC releases scores roughly 30 to 35 days after any given test date, so there is a brief lag time that could potentially impact your medical school application.
Below is a list of upcoming MCAT test dates and registration deadlines, plus information on when you must complete the test to be eligible for an upcoming semester at AUC.
|MCAT Test Dates 2020||EARLIEST SEMESTER TO ENROLL|
|March 14, 2020||May 2020|
|March 27, 2020||September 2020|
|April 4, 2020||September 2020|
|April 24, 2020||September 2020|
|April 25, 2020||September 2020|
|May 9, 2020||September 2020|
|May 15, 2020||September 2020|
|May 16, 2020||September 2020|
|May 21, 2020||September 2020|
|May 29, 2020||September 2020|
|June 5, 2020||September 2020|
|June 19, 2020||September 2020|
|June 20, 2020||September 2020|
|June 27, 2020||September 2020|
|July 7, 2020||September 2020|
|July 18, 2020||January 2021|
|July 23, 2020||January 2021|
|July 31, 2020||January 2021|
|August 1, 2020||January 2021|