MCAT Information

What is the MCAT?

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

In April 2015, the AAMC launched a new version of the MCAT exam. Scores are reported in four sections:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  • 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. The majority of your MCAT questions can be answered 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 Khan Academy.

Taking the Exam

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.