The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice admissions exam used by the majority of U.S. medical schools, as well as many Canadian schools. It is a notoriously hard exam, lasting approximately 7½ hours!
The MCAT assesses your knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts and principles, and your problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The exam is formatted into the following four sections:
Learn more about the MCAT format and sections.
You’ll receive an individual score for each of the MCAT sections. These are given as a scaled score, ranging from 118 (lowest) to 132 (highest), with a midway point of 125. These are also combined to give you a total scaled score, ranging from 472 (lowest) to 528 (highest), with a midway point of 500.
Find out more about MCAT scoring and what’s a good MCAT score.
For 2024, MCAT test dates are available between January and September. Registration will open on October 24 / 25, 2023. You can also pre-register prior to this.
The standard registration fee for all 2024 testing dates is $335.
By focusing on revising the key topics included in the MCAT (listed below) and completing practice questions and mock exams.
Find out more about preparing effectively for the MCAT.
The volume of topics covered in the MCAT is one reason why candidates often find it so challenging. That’s why we’ve created free study materials for a range of MCAT topics.