What the Heck is the MCAT?

The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required to get into most med schools.

The MCAT is:

  • computer-based
  • 7.5 hours long
  • testing physical, biological sciences, verbal reasoning and writing skills
  • measuring your social competency and how well you handle stress
  • one of the toughest standardized tests

Writing the MCAT

It costs up to $300 to write the MCAT, and it is offered 15 times a year.

Take the MCAT at least one year before you plan to start your medical degree. To prepare for the MCAT, it is recommended that you take first year, or introductory-level university courses in physics, chemistry and biology, as well as organic chemistry. There are a number of MCAT preparation courses offered by private firms: