If you’re a medical school hopeful, then it’s likely you already know what the MCAT is. For those new to the pre-med track, the MCAT, or the Medical College Admission Test, is the standardized exam you will take when applying for medical school, as well as other health professions schools such as podiatric and veterinary medicine schools. The MCAT is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges, and acts as a tool for medical schools to gauge students’ “problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles”.
In the past, this meant the exam was broken into four sections: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences. From 2013-2014, the mandatory writing section will be replaced with a voluntary, unscored trial section. Starting in 2015, the MCAT will include questions on the natural sciences and the social and behavioral sciences. A new section, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, will also appear on the MCAT2015.
For more information about these changes and how to prepare for the version of the exam you will be taking, check out https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/.