MCAT Physical Sciences

At a Glance

Time: 70 minutes
Format: 52 multiple-choice questions
Tests: General Chemistry, Basic Physics, Analytical Reasoning, Data Interpretation

The Basics of MCAT Physical Sciences

The content tested on this section is drawn from physics and general chemistry. Questions are roughly divided between the two and are mixed throughout. Tested physics concepts include Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, magnetism, light and optics, nuclear physics, and atomic phenomena. Chemistry concepts that you can expect to see include quantum numbers, the Periodic Table, reaction types, bonding, phases of matter, and acids and bases.

On the test, you'll see passages that describe experiments, situations, or ideas from which questions are drawn. The information may be presented in the guise of journal or textbook articles, experimental research, data analysis, or scientific-style editorials. This passage-and-question structure allows you to demonstrate your understanding of the science presented in the passage, no matter how obscure or foreign. In addition the format tests your ability to quickly assess the kinds of situations feasible given the information in the passage.

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