FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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.

See the schedule below of MCAT Test Dates in 2021 and when you need to take the MCAT to enroll at AUC. The registration opening for the July-September test dates will be held on April 21 and 22, 2021

 

MCAT TEST DATES 2021

MCAT Test Dates 2021
April 23, 2021
April 30, 2021
May 1, 2021
May 14, 2021
May 15, 2021
May 20, 2021
May 28, 2021
June 4, 2021
June 18, 2021
June 19, 2021
June 26, 2021
June 30, 2021
July 17, 2021
July 22, 2021
July 30, 2021
August 7, 2021
August 13, 2021
August 21, 2021
August 26, 2021
August 27, 2021
September 2, 2021
September 3, 2021
September 10, 2021
September 11, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

PREPARING FOR THE MCAT EXAM

Learn four tips on surviving the MCAT from Jamie DeTrinidad, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at AUC.
 

MCAT EXAM BREAKDOWN

Section-by-section breakdown of the MCAT exam, including approximate section length, the number of questions you’ll need to answer, and the academic disciplines each section emphasizes.