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 >
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 >
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.
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 >
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.
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 >
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 >