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  • The MCAT has undergone its biggest change since its inception. Medical schools have modified their curricula to better train the doctors of tomorrow and want to ensure you can apply the science you know rather than just being able to recite the facts. To adjust to these changes, AAMC has worked closely with medical schools to assess the MCAT, keep what works, remove what doesn't and enhance the test to include concepts that the next generation of doctors will need to know.

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    How is MCAT2015 different?

    As much as 50% of the content has changed.
    • AAMC added a new section called Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section tests your ability to understand sociocultural, biological and psychological influences on behavior and social interactions as well as how people process emotion and stress. You can understand why medical schools value these skills in applicants.
    • The Biological Sciences section now includes an emphasis on biochemistry and is titled “Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems.” This new material covers the biochemistry content found in many first-semester biochem courses.
    The test is longer
    • All sections have increased both in time and number of questions.
    • The addition of the new section and the increased length of existing sections will raise the seated time for the test from 5 hours and 10 minutes to 7 hours and 30 minutes. This will add almost 50% to the total testing time, making the test significantly more challenging.
    New score scale.
    • Each individual section on the exam is scored using a 118 to 132 range, with a median score of 125. You'll receive a score for each section, plus an overall score. Total scores will be centered at 500, with ranges from 472 to 528.