MCAT Exam Pattern 2018 – The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) prescribes MCAT 2018 exam pattern. There are four main sections mentioned in the MCAT exam pattern 2018. The seven and half hour exam evaluates the knowledge of medical aspirant’s in the areas of scientific concepts and the basic principles of medicine. This article explains the section-wise MCAT 2018 exam pattern. A computer-based test, MCAT, tests the fitness of aspirants for admission to health professional institutes in the USA, its territories and Canada.
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The syllabus of MCAT 2018 covers the subjects mentioned below:
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
As many as ten foundational concepts are covered in the initial three sections of MCAT 2018. The foundational concepts are from seven prime areas which are biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology.
MCAT Exam Pattern 2018: The table below explains the MCAT 2018 exam pattern.
MCAT 2018 Exam Pattern (Section-wise)
No of Questions
Duration (in mins)
Break-up of questions
10 passage-based sets of questions
4–6 questions per set
15 independent questions
5–7 questions per passage
Mid-Exam Break (optional)
Satisfaction Survey (optional)
Total Content Time
6 hours 15 minutes
Total “Seated” Time*
7 hours 27 minutes (Approx)
Section-wise MCAT Exam Pattern 2018
Out of the four sections evaluated by the MCAT 2018, the first three sections, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior evaluate the foundational knowledge of the aspirants. MCAT 2018 evaluates aspirants on four different skills namely, scientific inquiry and reasoning skills:
Scientific concepts and principles knowledge
Scientific reasoning and problem solving abilities
Reasoning about the design and execution of research
Data-based and statistical reasoning
The fourth section, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section measures the analytical and reasoning skills required to succeed in medical school.
The MCAT 2018 exam pattern of the sections is explained in details below:
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems:
This section evaluates the problem solving skills of an aspirant by combining their knowledge of chemical and physical foundational concepts. It tests the scientific inquiry and reasoning skills of the candidate. The candidates are evaluated on their understanding of the different body functions such as mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of human tissues, organs, and organ systems.The section has:
Total of 59 questions
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills:
Like many other verbal reasoning tests, critical analysis and reasoning section attempts to evaluate the aspirants reading and comprehending skills. This section of MCAT 2018 has been developed to measure the analysis and reasoning skills required for medical school. The section covers a variety of disciplines such as social sciences and humanities.
Total of 53 questions
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: This section includes problems which that require a deep understanding of biological and biochemical concepts. The questions are related to living organisms such as growing and reproducing, maintaining a constant internal environment, acquiring materials and energy, sensing and responding to environmental changes, and adapting. The aspirant should also have problem-solving skills to attempt this section. This section of MCAT 2018 has:
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: This section attempts to evaluate the aspirants understanding of psychological, social and biological factors which influence the perceptions and reactions to the world, behavior and behavior change; what people think about themselves and others; the cultural and social differences that influence well-being; and the relationships between
There are five MCAT 2018 scores released for each exam after 30 – 35 days of the exam. Along with the four section scores, MCAT 2018 total scores are also released. Each section scores of MCAT range from 118 – 132 with a midpoint of 125. The total MCAT 2018 scores will range between 472 and 528. The midpoint of the scores are 500.
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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardised test, is tests a candidate aspiring to pursue a medical degree in USA, its territories and Canada. The test evaluates the candidate’ scientific concepts and principles knowledge, scientific reasoning and problem solving abilities, reasoning about the design and execution of research and data-based and statistical reasoning. The MCAT 2018 eligibility conditions for international students is that the aspirant should either be pursuing a MBBS degree or should have completed one. MCAT 2018 can be taken by international aspirants around the world at designated MCAT test centres. Candidates aspiring to take MCAT 2018 are required to register for MCAT.
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MCAT is for Candidates who want to pursue Medicine in the United States, Canada, Carribean islands and Australia. If you are from India, you need to complete your 12th with Physucs, Chemistry, Biology and English as your core subjects and then appear for NEET. Because qualifying in NEET is mandatory even for students who want to study MBBS abroad. Once you qualify in NEET, you can appear for MCAT and then start the process for applying to study Medicine in any of these Countries.
Well I would like to inform you that USA does not have MBBS program for medical education. They have MD program in which admission is possible only after completing undergraduate studies with pre medicine track. So you need to first complete your bachelor's and that too with pre medicine track and then apply for MD program by giving the MCAT exam.
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They are available but in offline mode. It is available at places like pune,gurgaon, bangalore. There are some webpages who provides this course. You can visit them and look for details. If you find it suitable for you then you can join.
Here are some names of webpages :-
They are not available at all places so it will be difficult to get. You can also prepare online from websites like
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If you want to do M.Ed in Distance learning mode,you can do it through open universities. Some well known open universities providing M.Ed in distance learning mode are
Indra gandhi national open university
Yashwant rao chavan mukt vidyapith ,maharashtra
B.R ambedkar open university
State open university karnataka
Yes, you need to appear for both the exams i.e., GRE and MCAT and score a minimum of 75% in GRE and 27 in MCAT in order to be eligible to do M.Sc Oncology from Canada.
In addition you must have completed your undergraduate degree with at least a B average.
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