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MCAT 2022: Eligibility, Application, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & All You Need To Know

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Aspiring to enrol yourself in a medical college in the United States, Canada, Australia or Caribbean Islands? The answer is to crack the MCAT 2022 or Medical College Admission Test, an entrance examination that will help you get admission into a top medical college. This test is conducted 25 times, including in January, March, April, May, June and July, in 21 countries. It is designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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What is MCAT 2022?

MCAT 2022 is a multiple-choice examination conducted to assess the critical thinking, problem-solving and writing skills of a candidate along with the knowledge of concepts of science and principles prerequisite to pursuing the field further. 

The test assesses the candidates’ understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry and physics.

A candidate can register for the MCAT throughout the year. Depending on the region, each test costs between $315 and $360.

The MCAT exam is divided into four sections as per the recent update introduced by the AAMC. These sections are as follows:

  • Biological and Biochemical foundations of living systems
  • Chemical and Physical foundations of biological systems
  • Psychological, social and biological foundations of behaviour
  • Critical analysis and reasoning skills
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Things to Know Before Applying for MCAT 2022

  • As the test is a prerequisite to admission to a medical college, candidates need to apply for the college and inform the same during registration.
  • A candidate must take permission from AAMC if he/she is taking the test for purposes other than attending medical school.
  • There is a cap on the number of attempts. Candidates can write the test thrice in a period of one year; four tests in 2 years. Candidates can only write the test only 7 times in life.
  • The test which is held online (computer-based) consists of four sections that have to be attempted within the duration of 7.5 hours.

MCAT Highlights

Exam NameMedical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Organising authorityAssociation of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Mode of examOnline (Computer based)
Exam duration7 hours 30 minutes
Question typeMultiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Eligibility for MCAT 2022

  • Candidates keen to pursue career in Allopathic, Podiatric, Osteopathic and Veterinary
  • Candidates from the US and Canada need to have at least four-year undergraduate degree
  • For international candidates, their candidature for MCAT is valid only if either they are pursuing or have completed MBBS
  • Students can also write MCAT for purposes other than enrolling in a medical school. In this situation, the students must get special permission from authorities at AAMC.

MCAT Application Forms

Here is a Guide to Register for MCAT:

  • Following this, candidates should verify the email
  • Candidates can sign in and click on Start Exam Registration to make an appointment
  • They need to provide the information asked like Personal Information, Biographic Information and Academic Background.
  • Candidates can select the exam schedule and test centre for themselves.
  • After the candidates have provided the information asked, they can pay the application fee using VISA or MasterCard credit card.
  • Lastly, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email ID regarding the appointment.

MCAT 2022 Fee Structure and Scheduling Zone

Fee for registration deadlines for MCAT varies depending on when the candidates are applying for the exam. It has been divided into three zones, i.e., Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Below are the details of these three zones:

Gold Zone: (29 days prior to exam date)

  • Flexibility of date and location
  • Reschedule exam at lowest cost
  • Can get partial refund on cancellation of the reservation
  • Low reschedule and cancellation fee for Fee Assistance Programs recipients

Silver Zone: (15 days prior to exam date)

  • No increase in the registration fee
  • Can reschedule exam in the given fee
  • Can cancel the reservation but there would be no refund

Bronze Zone: (8 days prior to exam date)

  • Can cancel the reservation but there would be no refund
Gold Zone DeadlineSilver Zone Deadline Bronze Zone Deadline
Registration$ 315$315$370
Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee(non-refundable)$90$150Not Applicable
Cancellation Refund$155Not ApplicableNot Applicable
International Fee (non-refundable)$105$105$105

Exam Pattern for MCAT 2022

MCAT, which is a computer-based test, consists of 221 multiple choice questions in four sections. It has to be attempted within 7.5 hours with optional breaks in between.

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Here is the breakdown of the MCAT exam pattern:

SectionNumber of questionsTypesDuration
Examinee Agreement8 minutes
Tutorial (optional)10 minutes
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems5010 passage-based questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions95 minutes
Break (optional)10 minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills539 passages (5-7 questions per passage)90 minutes
Mid-Exam Break (optional)30 minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems5910 passage-based questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions95 minutes
Break (optional)10 minutes
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior5910 passage-based set of questions (4-6 questions per set); 15 independent questions95 minutes
Void Question5 minutes
Satisfaction Survey (optional)5 minutes
Total Content Time6 hours 15 minutes
Total “Seated” Time7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)

MCAT 2022 Syllabus 

The test assesses the knowledge of candidates in major areas of science, psychology and sociology along with critical reasoning, analytical skills.

It primarily includes topics in four sections which are given below: 

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 Score

The MCAT score ranges between 472 and 528 while the sectional score range is between 118 and 132. For every incorrect answer, there will be a penalty.

Marks scored by the candidates are later converted into the score range, which is as following: 

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems118-132, midpoint:125
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems118-132, midpoint:125
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills118-132, midpoint:125
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior118-132, midpoint:125
Total472 to 528, mid-point – 500

Voiding the MCAT

There is an option of voiding the exam for students appearing for MCAT, at the completion of the exam. In this, students have the choice to opt-out of getting their exams scored. This exam will be counted towards the number of attempts at the MCAT exam.

Final Words 

Becoming a doctor is, of course, a dream for many, and MCAT is one of the best options to kickstart your career. Although, the MCAT syllabus seems to be quite comprehensive and requires in-depth preparation there isn’t anything that is impossible. AAMC conducts the test 25 times a year, providing enough opportunities to candidates to improve on their scores. Prepare well and you have got this! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can international students including Indians apply for the MCAT exam? What is the eligibility?

A. Yes, international students including Indians who are either pursuing or have completed MBBS can appear for MCAT.

Q. Is there a test centre for the MCAT exam in India?

A. There is no test centre for MCAT in India. Students can write the exam in the test centres in Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore. 

Q. How many times a candidate can appear for MCAT in a year?

A. A candidate can write the test three times in a year. 

Q. Is there an option to cancel the MCAT exam and get a refund?

A. There is a provision of cancellation only till the deadline of the Gold zone after which candidates will get no refunds upon cancellation.

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