Accredited medical schools—such as the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC)*—require a good score on the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) for admission. The exam was developed with input from doctors, medical students, and medical school faculty to ensure the inclusion of the skills and knowledge that every student should know before entering medical school.
The MCAT sections breakdown is as follows:
- Section 1 - Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (BBLS)
- Section 2 - Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (CPBS)
- Section 3 - Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (PSBB)
- Section 4 - Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
The first three MCAT sections cover basic science concepts taught in such pre-med degree programs as biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology. The last section, CARS, is similar to other reading comprehension tests you may have taken throughout your education. It does not test your knowledge of science, but rather how well you analyze problems and apply reasoning skills to arrive at solutions.
The MCAT Structure
The MCAT is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized test. Each section includes some trial questions that are being considered for possible inclusion in future MCAT exams—and those questions are not included in your final score. Of course, you won’t know which are trial questions and which questions are graded.
Below is the MCAT sections breakdown, including an MCAT question breakdown, as well as how much time you have to complete each section.
|Section Name||Total Questions||Passage-Based Questions||Independent Questions||Time to Complete|
|Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems||59||10 sets of 4-6 questions||15||95 minutes|
|Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems||59||10 sets of 4-6 questions||15||95 minutes|
|Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior||59||10 sets of 4-6 questions||15||95 minutes|
|Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills|
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