The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia,Canada, and Caribbean Islands. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.

Eligibility criteria
Candidate must be preparing to apply to a health professional school (otherwise, “special permission” is required). Fluency in English assumed.


The current MCAT consists of four distinct sections that are individually scored. Each section is allotted either 90 or 95 minutes and tests between 50 and 60 questions. Including breaks, the full examination lasts approximately 7.5 hours. The information for each of the science sections is organized into 10 foundational concepts and four Scientific Inquiry & Reasoning Skills. The science passages are guided by Scientific Reasoning and Inquiry Skills identified by the MR5 for medical school success.The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section focuses on three skills, since this section does not require outside knowledge to answer questions.

118 to 132 ( in 1 point increments)for each of the 4 sections (chemistry,physics,biology/biochemistry, critical analysis and reasoning skills and psychology and social science). So total score on scale of 472 to 528.

Usually 2-3years (depends on medical college being applied to)