The MCAT Test Structure

The MCAT is designed to assess the skills and knowledge that medical educators and physicians have identified as key prerequisites for success in medical school and in the practice of medicine.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

This section asks you to solve problems by combining your knowledge of chemical and physical foundation concepts with your scientific inquiry and reasoning skills.

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

This section asks you to solve problems by combining your knowledge of biological and biochemical foundation concepts with your scientific inquiry and reasoning skills.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

This section asks you to read and think about passages from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, followed by a series of questions that lead you through the process of comprehending, analyzing and reasoning.

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

This section tests your ability to solve problems by combining your knowledge of psychological, social, and biological foundation concepts with your scientific inquiry and reasoning skills.

Scoring process and method

Each of the four multiple-choice sections in the MCAT is scored on a scale of 118 to 132. The sub-section scores are combined to create a total score that ranges from 472 to 528.

A good MCAT score is 127 out of 132 in any one section, or 508 out of 528 for all four sections.

Score Longevity

MCAT scores are valid for three years.

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