What is the MCAT?
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a pre-requisite for those aspiring to make their careers in the Medical sector. This is because an overwhelming majority of Medical Schools in the United States, and a growing number of those across the border in Canada, accepts these scores for screening admissions.
The test layout is standardized and features questions in the multiple-choice format. The MCAT tests for problem solving and critical thinking abilities. This is in addition to the core knowledge requirements of the concepts pertaining to the medical field: Biology and Chemistry.
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About the test
MCAT – What is it?
The Medical College Admission Test known by its acronym MCAT is a pre-requisite for gaining entry into most medical school programs. A computer based test (CBT), each aspirant gets about five hours to attempt it. Given that only a single attempt is allowed for each candidate, preparation becomes hyper-critical.
MCAT test scores are often held as an important barometer of one’s potential for succeeding at med school. The MCAT evaluates candidates for their performance in key skills that one would need in their medical career. These include generic skills such as writing and verbal reasoning, besides knowledge about core, biological science. The MCAT is often considered to be one of the toughest to score, considering the intensive nature of the questions and the duration (5 ½ Hours).
Canada medical schools too aren’t that far behind their North American counterparts when it comes to believing in the integrity of MCAT. Many schools have a cut-off percentage to filter applications.
Guide to MCAT Scoring
The highest MCAT score possible is a 528. The MCAT scale is centered so that a 500 represents the mean score. AAMC recommends that med school admission committees consider applicants near the center of the range, rather than placing the most emphasis on the higher end of the scale.
MCAT Raw Score
The MCAT is a scaled exam, meaning that your raw score (based on the number of questions you got right) is converted into a scaled score that takes into account the difficulty of the questions.
MCAT Score Range
Each MCAT section is scored on a scale of 118–132 (highest). Your MCAT total score (which is the sum of your section scores) ranges from 472–528. Because different versions of the test have varying levels of difficulty, the scale will be slightly different from one MCAT administration to the next.
While registration for MCAT is carried out online, it must be channelized through the American Medical Colleges Association is where all MCAT aspirants. It is recommended that one register early to improve their chances of getting a preferred test-date and location.
Tackling the MCAT
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