MCAT Exam Pattern 2018
Shivani Bhatt, 29 May 2018, #MCAT
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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.

 

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)

-

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.

 

Click here to download the detailed MCAT 2018 Syllabus

 

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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