Exploring the MCAT Exam
A high-level overview of the MCAT.
We know that being a great test-taker doesn't automatically mean that you're a great doctor, or vice versa. American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (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.
But even if the MCAT is just one piece of your candidate profile, it’s still a very important one. Read on to get up to speed on the MCAT with a high-level overview, or explore a more detailed breakdown of the test.
The MCAT, at a Glance
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.
For More MCAT Information
For more, check out this detailed breakdown of the MCAT.