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  • The MCAT is undergoing its biggest change since its inception. Medical schools are modifying 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 will MCAT2015 be different?

    As much as 50% of the content is changing.
    • In 2015, AAMC will add a new section called Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section will test 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 would value these skills in future applicants.
    • The Biological Sciences section is changing to include an emphasis on biochemistry and will be titled “Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems.” This new material will cover the biochemistry content found in many first-semester biochem courses.
    The test is getting longer.
    • All sections will increase 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 will be 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.

    The current MCAT and MCAT2015 at a glance

      Current MCAT MCAT2015
    Length of Test Approximately 5 ½ hours Approximately 7 ½ hours
    Breaks Optional 10-minute breaks between sections Optional 10-minute breaks between sections; may include a longer break for lunch
    Sections, Questions and Timing
    • Physical Sciences (PS): 52 Questions, 70 minutes
    • Verbal Reasoning (VR): 40 Questions, 60 minutes
    • Biological Sciences (BS): 52 questions, 70 minutes
    • Voluntary Unscored Trial Section: 32 questions, 45 minutes
    • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 59 questions, 95 minutes
    • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 59 questions, 95 minutes
    • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 59 questions, 95 minutes
    • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: 53 questions, 90 minutes

    What do the changes mean to you?

    Classes of 2014 and 2015

    The revisions likely won't impact you, because you can still take the current MCAT.

    Class of 2016

    You can take either the current MCAT or MCAT2015. Most medical schools will accept scores from the last three years, so if you plan to start medical school in 2016, you can use 2014 test scores in your application. You will have to decide whether your content knowledge is strong enough to take the MCAT in 2014 or if you'd rather wait. Be sure to check with the medical schools you are interested in to verify their policy on older MCAT scores.

    Class of 2017

    You should plan on prepping for and taking MCAT2015.

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