About The AAMC MCAT

There are a lot of changes to the new MCAT. One change that is coming to the MCAT is how the exam will be scored. The MCAT will have four sections that will be scored from 118 - 132 with the predicted average score of accepted students being about a 127 - 128, which makes an overall score of 508 - 512 the goal for MCAT test takers. The four sections on the MCAT will be Chemical and Physical Foundation, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS), Biology and Biochemistry Foundation, and Psychological and Social Foundation. The break down, number of question, and time allowed for each section is shown below:

Percentage of Questions

Number of Questions

The above figures are estimates only. The total number of questions on the MCAT is 230.

Chemical and Physical Foundation

 

  • 30% Chemistry
  • 25% Physics
  • 25% Biochemistry
  • 15% Organic Chemistry
  • 5% Biology
  • 59 questions; 10 passages with each passage containing about 4-7 questions
  • 1 hour and 35 minutes

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)

  • 50% Humanities
  • 50% Social Sciences
  • 53 questions; 9 passages
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes

Biology and Biochemistry Foundation

  • 65% Biology
  • 25% Biochemistry
  • 5% General Chemistry
  • 5% Organic Chemistry
  • 59 questions; 10 passages with each passage containing about 4-7 questions
  • 1 hour and 35 minutes

Psychological and Social Foundation

The AAMC has stated that college level Psychology and Sociology are not necessary for this section on the MCAT.

  • 65% Psychology
  • 30% Sociology
  • 5% Biology
  • 59 questions; 10 passages with each passage containing 4-7 questions
  • 1 hour and 35 minutes

 

The exam is 6 hours and 15 minutes long; however, you should plan to spend about 7 and a half hours taking the exam.

 

The order in which you will proceed through the testing center is shown below:

8 minutes: Examinee Agreement

You must agree that you will not share any information on the exam you are taking.

10 minutes: Optional Tutorial

Will show you how to navigate throughout the exam and answer questions.

95 minutes: Chemical and Physical Foundations

10 minutes: Break

90 minutes: Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)

30 minutes: Lunch Break

95 minutes: Biological and Biochemistry Foundation

10 mintues: Break

95 minutes: Psychological and Social Foundation

10 minutes: Optional Survey

AAMC MCAT

Some MCAT prep companies give questions that are harder than what you will see on the actual MCAT in attempt to make sure you understand the information. Understanding the science information is very important in your prep for the MCAT; however, to get a good idea of how you will do on the actual MCAT we recommend you purchase the practice AAMC 2015 MCAT exam.

To see a full list of everything that is on the MCAT according to the makers of the test download the link below: