MCAT TEST

The first thing you need to do if you want to go to Medical school is get a good GPA, the second thing you need to do is ace the MCAT! Here is a brief description of the MCAT, and general GPA and MCAT score requirements will be posted, also If you have anything to add go ahead and make a post!

The MCAT is designed primarily to test applicants on problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis, and writing skills in addition to knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.

The test consists of four sections, listed in the order in which they are administered on the day of the exam:

  • Physical Sciences (PS)
  • Verbal Reasoning (VR)
  • Writing Sample (WS)
  • Biological Sciences (BS)
Section Questions Minutes
Physical Sciences 52 70
Verbal Reasoning 40 60
Writing Sample 2 60
Biological Sciences 52 70

The test is broken down as shown the table to the right

 

 

Scoring

Scores for the three multiple-choice sections range from 1 to 15. Scores for the writing section range alphabetically from J (lowest) to T (highest). The writing section is graded by two different readers. Each essay is scored twice – once by each reader – and the total writing sample score is the sum of the four individual scores. The total raw score is then converted to an alphabetic scale ranging from J (the lowest) to T (the highest).

The numerical scores from each multiple-choice section are added together to give a composite score. The score from the writing sample may also be appended to the composite score (e.g. 35S). The maximum composite score is 45T but any score over 30P is considered fairly competitive, as this is the average for matriculants to medical school.[7] There is no penalty for incorrect multiple choice answers, thus even random guessing is preferable to leaving an answer choice blank (unlike many other standardized tests). Students preparing for the exam are encouraged to try to balance their subscores; physical, verbal, and biological scores of 12, 13, and 11 respectively may be looked upon more favorably than 14, 13, and 9, even though both amount to the same composite score