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MCAT SCHEDULE The New (2003) MCAT Exam

2003 MCAT Updates!! According to the AAMC:

"An Updated MCAT Is Coming!

In 2003, minor changes will be made to the MCAT. A few organic chemistry questions will be replaced by questionson DNA and genetics, the Verbal Reasoning (VR) section will have five fewer questions, it will be possible to achieve a 14 or 15 on the VR, and a total score will be reported (e.g., 45T). PS will become the first section of the day, followed by VR."

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is the entrance exam required by the grand majority of medical schools in Canada and the United States. Designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the exam is administered twice a year. It is a full day exam composed of four sections, Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, the Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences.

The Physical Sciences sections contains physics and general chemistry. The Biological Sciences section contains biology and organic chemistry.

All sections of the MCAT are multiple choice except the Writing Sample and are marked on a scale from a low of 1, to a high of 15. Raw scores on the Writing Sample are converted to a letter grade, ranging from a low of J to a high of T.

In order to be eligible to write the MCAT, you must first register with American College Testing (ACT). Information and registration packages may be available at the counselling office on any university campus, or by writing directly to:

MCAT Program
P.O. Box 4056
Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A.

or call them at: (319) 337-1357

or check out The Association of American Colleges on our Links page.

Exam Schedule

You can expect to arrive at the designated exam centre by 8 a.m., local time. Usually logistics are settled and students are writing the exam by 9 a.m. About 8 hours later, the exam would have ended. Here is your exam day schedule:

MCAT Schedule

This is broken up (subject to the 2003 changes - see above) according to Section the Number of Questions and the Time Allocation

Verbal Reasoning - 65 questions - 85 minutes

Break for 10 minutes

Physical Sciences - 77 questions - 100 minutes

Lunch Break for 60 minutes

Writing Sample - 2 questions - 60 minutes

Break for 10 minutes

Biological Sciences - 77 questions - 100 minutes


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