Learn about the MCAT

Learn the basics about the MCAT–including what to expect on Test Day.

  • What’s a good MCAT score?

    The MCAT is scored on a 118-132 scale in each section. You’ll receive scores for each of the four sections. The total score for the MCAT ranges from 472-528. Read More >

  • How should I study for the MCAT?

    To do your best on the MCAT, research shows that you’re likely to need to study about 25 hours per week for up to 3 months. How do you know how to spend that time? Preparing for the MCAT will likely be keeping you quite busy for a few months, which is not an easy prospect when you’re likely busy with other schoolwork or a job. Read More >

  • What is tested on the MCAT?

    The MCAT is composed of 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes. Three of the four sections on the MCAT test your basic science content knowledge by requiring you to critically use the information rather than just provide individual scientific facts. The last section, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, is a unique part of the exam in that it is a pure test of critical thinking. Read More >

Studying for the MCAT

On the MCAT, each section is scored from 118-132 points. Three sections (chemical and physical foundations; biological and biochemical foundations; and psychological, social, and biological foundations) are scored based 59 questions. These 59 questions are based on 10 passages with 4-7 questions each and 15 discrete questions. The critical analysis and reasoning skills (CARS) section is based on 53 questions from 9 passages. The overall MCAT score range is 472-528.

  • What’s on the MCAT: Chemistry and Physics

    The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT requires you to solve problems based on knowledge of chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry. The content on this section of the test also includes biochemistry and a small amount of biology. In addition, you’ll need to be familiar with basic math, which must be managed without a calculator. Learn more >

  • What’s on the MCAT: Biology

    The Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT requires you to solve problems based on knowledge of biological and biochemical concepts combined with scientific inquiry and reasoning skills. The undergraduate courses that are reflected in the Bio/Biochem section of the MCAT are introductory Biology (65%), introductory General Chemistry (5%), introductory Organic Chemistry (5%), and first-semester Biochemistry (25%). Learn more >

MCAT Prep Courses

Allow yourself at least 300-350 hours of preparation time. Even though you’re capable of doing anything you set your mind to, you have to do the work first. This is a very difficult exam. Take enough time to practice, prepare, and build confidence for Test Day.

  • MCAT Prep – Live Online

    Kaplan’s live, instructor-led online courses provide the benefits of a classroom experience with the flexibility of attending from wherever you are. Learn more >

  • MCAT Prep – In Person

    Kaplan’s In Person option is your perfect blend of in-class instruction with expert MCAT faculty and comprehensive resources for out-of-class, realistic practice. Learn more >

  • MCAT Prep – Self-Paced Online

    Want test prep on your terms? Prefer working on your own from home? With Kaplan’s self-paced online courses, you can work at your own place, at your own pace—wherever you are, at whatever time suits you. Learn more >

  • MCAT Intensive Study Programs

    The MCAT Summer or Winter Intensive Program offers over 500 hours of available resources and 6 weeks of live, customized MCAT immersion for the most concentrated prep experience ever. Find out if it’s right for you. Learn More >

  • MCAT Prep Books

    Study proven strategies, boost your math skills, practice your pacing, and become an expert in the exam’s computerized format with online practice tests. Learn more >