Behavioral Sciences Section

The formal name of this section is Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior . Since that’s a mouthful, we will just call it Psych/Soc. The Psych/Soc section covers topics in Psychology and Sociology in the context of the biological sciences. These are the newest subjects on the MCAT, introduced because of their increasing importance in medical education. While most medical schools do not require psychology or sociology as part of their prerequisite coursework, the MCAT recommends one semester of introductory courses in each of these subjects.

The section is 95 minutes in length, with 59 questions, 15 of which are standalone, non-passage-related, discrete questions. The rest of the section contains passages which have questions which rely on both information from the passage and outside content knowledge to solve.