MCAT Exam Pattern 2018
Updated on May 29, 2018 - 4:34 p.m. IST by Shivani Bhatt
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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)

Sections

No of Questions

Duration (in mins)

Break-up of questions

Test-Day Certification

-

4

-

Tutorial (optional)

-

10

 

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

 

59

95

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent questions

Break (optional)

-

10

 

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

 

53

90

  • 9 passages

  • 5–7 questions per passage

Mid-Exam Break (optional)

 

30

 

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

 

59

95

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent questions

Break (optional)

 

10

 

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

 

59

95

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent questions

Void Question

-

3

 

Satisfaction Survey (optional)

-

5

-

Total Content Time

-

6 hours 15 minutes

-

Total “Seated” Time*

-

7 hours 27 minutes (Approx)

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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

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent 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

  • 9 passages

  • 5–7 questions per passage

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:

  • Total of 59 questions

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent questions

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

  • Total of 59 questions

  • 10 passage-based sets of questions

  • 4–6 questions per set

  • 15 independent questions

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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Can i give my mcat exam directly after passing class 12 boards or i have to join some medical collage first

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 13th Feb, 2020

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.

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i have done my 12th standrd. i have 3year gap in my study. i want prsue my mbbs from UsA. please guide me.. In India have Mcat test Center??

Animesh Vats Student Expert 10th Feb, 2020

Hi,

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.

I hope my answer helps.

All the best.

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is there any coaching institute in india for MCAT(medical college admission test) foreign entrance?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 1st Jan, 2020

Hello,

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 :-

  1. Sulekha:- pune
  2. vobium:-  gurgaon
  3. learnpick:- bangalore

They are not available at all places so it will be difficult to get.  You can also prepare online from websites like

  1. Khanacademy
  2. Kaptest
  3. cambridgecoaching.

Hope it helps!

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i do m.ed course i distance mode. please send me information

Akram Khan 30th Dec, 2019

Hello,

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

Punjab university.


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hii.i have done my bsc.medical nd now i want to do msc. oncology in canada.my ilets score is 7.0.do i have to appear for gre or mcat exam or it will be okk if i apply without these exams.?

Mansi Sharma 25th Dec, 2019

Dear candidate,

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.

All the best!


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