The new MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) exam had its first sitting on April 17, 2015. The incoming freshmen in fall 2012 students were the first students to take the new version of the MCAT.
MCAT 2015 will have four sections:
In addition to general chemistry with lab (one year); general biology with lab (one year); organic chemistry with lab (one year); physics with lab (one year); & English (one year). The following are also highly recommended, so as to be the most prepared to do well, prior to taking the MCAT 2015:
Biochemistry (one semester): BISC 330L for majors in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and biomedical engineering/biochemical track or
BISC 312/CHEM 350g for all other majors
Statistics (one semester); MATH 208x; BISC 305; HP 340g, PSYC 274g
Introduction to Psychology: PSYC 100g;
Introduction to Sociology: SOCI 242g or SOCI 200gm or SOCI 210g
Research Methods: PSYC 240xg
The AAMC provides the most up to date information about the exam on their webpage, including these highlighted pages:
- What's on the MCAT 2015? - interactive content outline
- Preparing for the MCAT 2015 - includes free test prep materials, such as:
- MCAT Test Dates, Length & Cost of Exam
- MCAT2015 Policies at Medical Schools
About half of our applicants take prep courses, while the other half self-study using resources such as those above. Beyond studying content, we recommend practicing with online problems and sample exams that replicate the actual MCAT testing conditions, analyzing your strengths and areas to improve with each set of practice material, and adjusting study and preparation strategies accordingly. To see how some of the test prep companies are handling the new MCAT, critically evaluate the information that they present online:
You will receive a copy of your MCAT scores in the mail approximately (30) thirty days after you have taken the test. You also have the option of obtaining your scores online, which is faster.
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) will automatically send MCAT scores to the participating schools to which you applied if you release them.
Ideally, you should complete the MCAT during the spring just before your application to medical school in June. At the earliest this will be in your third (junior) year. Those who plan to take some time off between graduation and medical school should sit for the MCAT during spring (March-May) of the year before they wish to matriculate.
You should sit for the MCAT when you are ready and never for practice. You should have completed all general prerequisites.