MCAT syllabus 2018 – Conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the MCAT® 2018 syllabus covers the first-semester undergraduate courses on a variety of sections. Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is designed to evaluate the problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles of a candidate required to the study of medicine. MCAT is a standardised multiple-choice computer-based exam. MCAT tests the aspirants various abilities like intuitive and critical thinking skills. AAMC is in charge of developing and administering the MCAT exam in conjunction with its member medical schools. MCAT, conducted multiple times in the year, can be taken in USA, Canada and a few other centres across the world. This article gives the aspirants a section-wise MCAT Syllabus 2018.
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There are four main test sections of MCAT syllabus 2018. They four sections are listed below:
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
The duration of MCAT is 6 hours 15 minutes and the total seated time is 7 hours and 27 minutes. The four sections of MCAT exam cover a total of 472 to 528 marks. Below are the sections in detail:
MCAT Questions and Allotted Time
# of Questions
Mid-Exam Break (optional)
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Total Content Time
6 hours 15 minutes
Total “Seated” Time* Approx.
7 hours 27 minutes
MCAT Syllabus 2018
MCAT Subject Topics
Include content from ethics, philosophy, studies of diverse cultures, population health, and a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines
Test comprehension, analysis and reasoning skills;
Introductory biology, Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;
Biology: Cellular and molecular (first-semester biochemistry);
Natural sciences: Scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods and statistics.
Basic Biochemistry concepts: first-semester biochemistry; and
Statistics concepts and introductory research methods;
Social and behavioral sciences: scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods and statistics skills.
Concepts of psychology, sociology, and biology about the behavioral and socio-cultural health determinants;
Biology concepts of mental processes and behavior;
Concepts of psychology and sociology; and
Introductory statistics concepts and research methods of introductory science;
First semester biochemistry concepts;
Introductory biology, chemistry: organic and inorganic and concepts of physics;
Show scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences.
First semester molecular biology; and
Introductory statistics concepts and research methods used for introductory science courses;
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: This section tests a candidate’s knowledge in physics and chemistry. It assesses a candidate’s knowledge of introductory courses taught during the first-semester in biology, organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry. A substantial number of the questions are asked from descriptive passages with multiple-questions from each passage. Some questions are not passage-based and are independent. A total of 59 questions are asked from this section.
MCAT Test pattern - Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
Number of Questions
Break-up of questions
10 passage-based sets of questions
4–6 questions per set
15 independent questions
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: Basic Biology and organic chemistry questions are asked in this section. It tests basic knowledge of biochemistry, molecular biology, organic as well as inorganic chemistry. Out of 59 questions, there are seven passages with four to seven questions each. The Biology section focuses on concepts and information related to the life processes of organisms.
MCAT Test pattern - Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour: This section tests a candidate’s understanding of psychological, sociological and biological concepts. Students are also expected to know about basic statistical concepts.
MCAT Test pattern - Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: This section is similar to a verbal reasoning test as it tests students’ reasoning and verbal ability. Candidates are made to read to analyse passages from a wide range of disciplines like social sciences and humanities.
MCAT Test pattern - Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
5–7 questions per passage
Official Syllabus and content-wise details for MCAT
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
MCAT Sections and Scores:
All the four sections of MCAT are scored in the range of 118 – 132. Aspirants can get a total score in the 472–528.
The aspirants are not penalised for guessing answers in the MCAT exam.
The MCAT 2018 scores include each section score as well as a percentile score. All percentile ranks and the section scores of the recent three years will be updated from 2018 onwards.
The Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC) conducts the MCAT examination. The exam is a computer-based test and the scores are used for admission to medical institutes in the US, Canada and a few other countries. Candidates aspiring to pursue a medical degree at a health professional institute are required to apply 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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