According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website, the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.
Almost all U.S. medical schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old.
Registration for the exam can be completed on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website. The MCAT costs $300.00 It can be repeated up to three times per year, but a student may only be registered for one exam at a time. The MCAT is scored on a scale from 472 to 528 with the average MCAT score being a 500, with each section have possible scores of 118-132. Distribution of scores can be seen on the AAMC MCAT 2015 Scores website. It is usually possible to get into medical school with a lower score if accompanied by a strong academic record, community service hours, and physician observation. Search the school websites for their average MCAT scores.
The Pre-Medical Society offers a variety of MCAT preparation services to members including MCAT study groups, information about deadlines and registration dates, and contact information for Kaplan’s MCAT preparation course.