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MCAT: Eligibility Registration Pattern and Syllabus

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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an entrance exam for medical school admission in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) created it, and Pearson VUE administers it. MCAT is given 25 times a year in 21 different countries.

Throughout the year, you can register for the MCAT. Depending on the location, each MCAT try costs between $315 and 360 dollars. The MCAT tests a candidate’s analytical, reasoning, psychological, and biological system knowledge.

  • Candidates must apply to medical schools and provide that information in a verification statement during the registration process.
  • To take a test for a reason other than attending medical school, one must obtain special permission from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).
  • Candidates can take a maximum of three examinations in a year, four tests in two years, and seven tests in their lifetime. Exam Pattern for MCAT
  • The online test has four components that must be completed in 7.5 hours.
  • The MCAT scores range from 472 to 528 overall.


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 Main Highlights of MCAT : Eligibility Registration Pattern and Syllabus

Exam Name MCAT
Full-Form Medical College Admission Test
Organizing Body Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC)
Official Website
Exam Level International
Mode of Exam Computer-based
Questions Type Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)
Duration of Exam 7 hours 30 minutes

Eligibility of MCAT : Eligibility Registration Pattern and Syllabus

  • The MCAT test is open to anybody interested in a profession in allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, or veterinary medicine.
  • To take the exam, students from the United States and Canada must have a bachelor’s degree.
  • To take the MCAT, international students must be pursuing or have completed their MBBS.
  • Students who are taking the MCAT for reasons other than pursuing a career in medicine must obtain special clearance from the AAMC.

Application Forms

  • MCAT registration is required for those planning to apply to medical schools in the United States and Canada. To do the same, follow these steps:
  • Go to is the official website.
  • Fill out the required information to create an AAMC account.
  • A verification email will be sent to the address provided during registration.
  • Sign in using the link provided in the verification email.
  • To schedule an exam, go to Start Exam Registration.
  • Provide the information that has been requested.
  • Information about the individual.
  • Information about the author.
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Accept and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Choose an exam date and location.
  • Use a VISA or MasterCard credit card to pay the application cost.
  • The appointment will be confirmed through email.

MCAT Fee Structure and Scheduling Zone

  • MCAT costs vary based on when you apply for the exam.
  • Gold, Silver, and Bronze registration deadlines are divided into three zones. The following are the details of these zones:
     Gold Zone:
  • The date and place are both flexible.
  • Exam rescheduling at a low cost
  • If you cancel your reservation, you will receive a partial refund.
  • Charge Assistance Programs beneficiaries pay a low rescheduling and cancellation fee.
    Silver Zone:
  • There will be no increase in the registration fee.
  • Exams can be rescheduled for a charge.
  • The reservation can be canceled, but there will be no refund.
  • Bronze Zone
  • Can cancel the reservation but no refund
Particulars Gold Zone Deadline: 29 days prior to the exam date Silver Zone Deadline: 15 days prior to the exam date Bronze Zone Deadline 8 days prior to the exam date
Initial Registration $315 $315 $370
Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee(non-refundable) $90 $150 N/A
Cancellation Refund $155 N/A N/A
International Fee (non-refundable) $105 $105 $105


Changing the Appointment

  • This service requires an additional charge.
  • If the room is available, one may modify the test day and/or center before the deadline.
  • The MCAT Registration System can be used to check availability for the same.
  • Re-scheduling must be completed by the silver zone’s deadline.
  • If you need to reschedule the exam after the silver zone deadline, you must make a new appointment.

Cancellation and Refunds

  • Cancellation is only possible until the Gold zone deadline, after which no refunds will be given.
  • If a student is hospitalized, an emergency refund can be requested until the Silver zone deadline.
  • death occurs in the immediate family
  • abruptly summoned to active military duty
  • Due to a disastrous event, I was unexpectedly called away for health-care service obligations.
  • On the day of the exam, I was summoned to jury duty.
  • As a result of a natural disaster, he or she has been forced to leave their home.

MCAT 2021 Test Structure

  • Students’ problem-solving skills, critical thinking, written analysis, and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles are all evaluated on the MCAT.
  • There are 221 multiple choice questions in the computer-based test.
  • The exam will last 7.5 hours total, with breaks in between.
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior are the four sections.
  • The MCAT Test Pattern is broken down below.
Section Number of Questions Type of Questions Duration
Examinee Agreement 8 minutes
Tutorial (optional) 10 minutes
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems  50 10 passage-based questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions 95 minutes
Break (optional) 10 minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 53 9 passages (5-7 questions per passage) 90 minutes
Mid-Exam Break (optional) 30 minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 59 10 passage-based questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions 95 minutes
Break (optional) 10 minutes
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior 59 10 passage-based set of questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions 95 minutes
Void Question 5 minutes
Satisfaction Survey (optional) 5 minutes
Total Content Time 6 hours 15 minutes


MCAT Syllabus

MCAT needs a wide range of knowledge in physics, psychology, and society. Aside from that, the test assesses critical reasoning and analytical ability. The major topics that are primarily tested in the MCAT exam are listed below :

Sections MCAT Important Topics
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Ethics, Philosophy, Population Health, Social Sciences, Humanities Disciplines and, Studies of Diverse Culture
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Chemistry: Organic, and Inorganic,

Biology: Cellular and Molecular, Biochemistry (introductory topics),

Natural sciences: Research, Reasoning and Statistics

Basic Biochemistry concepts, Statistics Concepts and Introductory Research Methods

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour

Social and Behavioral Sciences: Scientific Inquiry, Reasoning, Research

Concepts of Psychology, Sociology, and Biology about the Behavioral and Socio-Cultural Health Determinants

Mental Processes and Behavior, Concepts of Psychology and Sociology, Introductory Statistics Concepts and Research Methods of Introductory Science

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

Introductory Biochemistry and Biology Concepts

Chemistry: Organic and Inorganic, Concepts of Physics

Show Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning, Research Methods and Natural Sciences

Introductory Molecular Biology, Introductory and Statistics Concepts

MCAT Preparation Material

  • The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers a wealth of MCAT preparation resources.
  • MCAT sample papers and mock examinations are available for purchase.
  • The AAMC website also has video lectures and an online tutorial.
  • The following is a list of books that are recommended for MCAT preparation:
Name of the Book Author/Publisher
Barron’s New MCAT Barron’s
Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review Complete Box Set The Princeton Review
MCAT Practice Tests Sterling Test Prep
MCAT Secrets Study Guide MCAT Exam Secrets Test Prep Team
MCAT Complete 7-Book Subject Review 2018-2021 Kaplan’s


MCAT 2021 Score

  • The MCAT score ranges from 472 to 528.
  • The sectional score ranges from 118 to 132.
  • There is a monetary penalty for inaccurate responses.
  • Students’ raw grades are turned into a scoring range.
Section Score
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 118-132, midpoint:125
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 118-132, midpoint:125
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 118-132, midpoint:125
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior 118-132, midpoint:125
Total 472 to 528, mid-point – 500


Voiding the Exam

  • Students have the option of not having their examinations graded.
  • After the exam, the student is asked whether he or she wants the MCAT scored or if he or she wants to void the particular MCAT.
  • The option to “void the MCAT” must be selected by the student.
  • If a student has to leave an exam in the middle due to illness or another unforeseen event, he or she must file a Test Center Concern with AAMC.
  • The number of MCAT exam tries is increased by a voided exam.

MCAT Score Report

  • MCAT scores are released at 5 p.m. ET on the day they are released.
  • By logging into an AAMC account, one can view the results on the MCAT Score Reporting System.
  • The following information can be seen on the MCAT score report:
  • The candidate’s name.
  • ID from the AAMC.
  • The candidate’s date of birth.
  • Exam time is here.
  • The score for each section.
  • Score in total.
  • Percentile rank by section.
  • Percentile rank on the whole.
  • Profile of your score.

MCAT Score v/s Percentile Rank

A student’s MCAT score report includes their sectional and overall percentile rank. The following is a comparison of the MCAT score and percentile.

Overall Score v/s Percentile Rank

Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank
528 100 510 84 498 45 486 12
527 – 523 >99 509 82 497 42 485 10
522 – 521 99 508 79 496 39 484 8
520 – 519 98 507 76 495 35 483 7
518 97 506 73 494 32 482 5
517 96 505 70 493 29 481 4
516 95 504 67 492 26 480 3
515 94 503 63 491 23 479 2
514 92 502 60 490 20 478 2
513 90 501 56 489 18 477 1
512 88 500 53 488 16 476 1
511 86 499 49 487 13 475 – 472 <1


Sectional Score v/s Percentile Rank

Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank
132 100 124 45
131 99 123 33
130 97 122 22
129 93 121 13
128 87 120 7
127 79 119 3
126 68 118 1
125 57

Rescoring Exams

  • If a candidate notices a difference in their MCAT score, they can report it to the MCAT Registration System.
  • Within three weeks, AAMC will respond with a good or negative response.
  • After 30 days, candidates are unable to submit their requests.

MCAT Exam Day Instructions

  • Candidates must arrive at the testing center 30 minutes before the exam. They may not be allowed to take the test after that, and no refund will be given.
  • Only examinees with valid identification will be allowed to enter the testing center; otherwise, it will be a “no show.”
  • At the test center, the student must show a valid ID. If an ID is written in English, it is legitimate.
  • It isn’t past its sell-by date.
  • issued by the federal government
  • includes the candidate’s photograph
  • Include the candidate’s signature.
  • In no way has it been tampered with or destroyed.


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