The answer to “how long does it take to study for the MCAT” is rarely a satisfying one. The answer is “it depends”. In reality, there are two questions behind this question:
- How long will it take you to study for the MCAT?
- How long should you study for the MCAT?
The answers to these two questions will also vary per student, but the AAMC says that on average, pre-meds will spend 240 hours over 12 weeks studying for the MCAT. But of course, you want to be an above-average test-taker.
Based on helping tens of thousands of pre-meds reach their MCAT score goals, here are six questions to ask yourself when determining how long you’ll need to study before test day.
Answering these questions will go a long way toward determining how long you’ll need to study for the MCAT to be ready for test day and get your best MCAT score.