MCAT Information

The 2016 MCAT testing dates have been set; please click on the link for the testing dates.

The testing dates can also be found at this link:

The registration dates will be announced in Mid-October 2015. It is recommended that you register as soon as you know when you plan to take the MCAT.  You should take the MCAT only when you feel ready.  If you have taken the Carleton courses that have been recommended by the pre-health committee and have followed a well-planned review strategy, including taking practice tests, you will be prepared to sit for the exam.

What is the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. 

A new MCAT, referred to as MCAT2015, will be administered beginning in the spring of 2015.  MCAT2015 consists of 4 sections which test on the following areas: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

The MCAT is produced by the AAMC, the Association of American Medical Colleges.  There is a wealth of information about the MCAT on the AAMC website which can be found here:

The majority of your questions concerning the MCAT can be found at this website, including test dates, registration, cost and financial assistance, content, access to practice tests, and study guides and aids.  Some of the preparation aids include videos produced in collaboration with Kahn Academy ( and instructional resources from the mededportal: