MCAT 2018
Shivani Bhatt, 29 May 2018, #MCAT

MCAT 2018 – Medical schools in the USA, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean Islands use the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for admission. Candidates interested to pursue a MD degree in the US or Canada are required to take the standardised MCAT 2018. The test aims to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge, understanding of scientific concepts and principles pursuing education in medicine. Accepted by the health professionals and the graduate schools as an important aspect of the selection process, MCAT is conducted by Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC). The computer-based test, MCAT 2018, evaluates aspirants on four criteria; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. MCAT is being conducted 23 times throughout 2018, with no test dates scheduled in February.

 

MCAT 2018 Exam Fast Facts

  • Exam Name: Medical College Admission Test

  • Commonly Known as: MCAT

  • Exam Level: International

  • MCAT 2018 Conducting Body: Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC)

MCAT Eligibility 2018

Candidates aspiring to pursue a career in medicine or related field (health professional) can take the MCAT 2018. The courses which are offered by the health professional institutions and need an MCAT 2018 score for admission are:

  • Allopathic

  • Osteopathic

  • Podiatric and

  • Veterinary medicine

Aspirants from countries other than USA and Canada, who have completed or are pursuing their MBBS degrees, are not required to obtain any special permission to register and appear for MCAT 2018.

The degrees offered by the US medical schools are MD degrees. Candidates are, therefore, required to possess an undergraduate degree before they apply to the course. Before they can apply to the medical schools of USA, Aspirants are normally required to have completed the following courses:

  • Biology – One year

  • Physics – One year

  • English – One year

  • Chemistry (through organic chemistry) – Two years

MCAT Exam Dates 2018

Month

Date

May 2018

Friday, 18

Saturday, 19

Thursday*, 24

June 2018

Friday,1

Saturday, 2

Saturday, 16

Friday, 29

Saturday, 30

July 2018

Saturday, 7

Friday, 20

Saturday, 21

Tuesday, 24

August 2018

Thursday**, 2

Friday, 3

Saturday, 4

Thursday, 9

Friday, 10

Thursday**, 16

Saturday, 18

Saturday**, 25

Friday, 31

September 2018

 

 

Saturday, 1

Saturday, 8

Friday**, 14

Saturday**, 15

Tuesday, 18

Wednesday, 19

MCAT Registration 2018

The registration for MCAT 2018 can only be done online. The process begins by the candidate creating an AAMC account. An AAMC account can be created by appearing the candidates personal details  like email, full name and gender. That done, the aspirant may next sign in to the their accounts using the User ID and password. The same login credentials can also be used to maintain the MCAT account for any other correspondence or getting MCAT related information from AAMC. Once the aspirant submits the online registration form, the candidate will receive an email confirmation which will have the complete details of the exam. Aspirants are recommended to do the MCAT 2018 registration at least 60 days before to the chosen exam date.

 

MCAT Registration Fees

 

Gold Zone

Silver Zone

Bronze Zone

 

29 days before the exam

15 days before the exam

8 days before the exam

Initial registration

$315

$315

$370

Reschedule fee of MCAT 2017*

$90

$150

N/A

Cancellation/Refund

$155

No Cancellation/ refund

No Cancellation/ refund

International Fee of MCAT 2017**

$105

$105

$105

*Reschedule fee of MCAT 2018 for both date and test center

**These fees are in addition to the initial MCAT 2018 registration fee and are non-refundable upon registration cancellation.

MCAT 2018 Registration Deadline

MCAT 2018 Date

Gold Zone Deadline*

Silver Zone Deadline**

Bronze Zone Deadline***

Score Release+

January 19

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January 20

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January 25

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March 24

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April 6

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April 20

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April 21

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May 5

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June 5

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June 19

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June 19

May 24

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June 26

June 1

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July 3

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July 3

June 16

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June 1

June 8

July 17

June 29

May 31

June 14

June 21

July 31

June 30

June 1

June 15

June 22

July 31

July 7

June 8

June 22

June 29

Aug. 7

July 20

June 21

July 5

July 12

Aug. 21

July 21

June 22

July 6

Juy 13

Aug. 21

July 24

June 25

July 9

July 16

Aug. 23

August 3

July 5

July 19

July 26

Sept. 5

August 4

July 6

July 20

July 27

Sept. 5

August 9

July 11

July 25

Aug. 1

Sept. 11

August 10

July 12

July 26

Aug. 2

Sept. 11

August 18

July 20

Aug. 3

Aug. 10

Sept. 18

August 31

Aug. 2

Aug. 16

Aug. 23

Oct. 2

September 1

Aug. 3

Aug. 17

Aug. 24

Oct. 2

September 8

Aug. 10

Aug. 24

Aug. 31

Oct. 9

September 18

Aug. 20

Sept. 3

Sept. 10

Oct. 23

September 19

Aug. 21

Sept. 4

Sept. 11

Oct. 23

*GOLD Zone deadline: Last date to register and reschedule at lower rate and receive a partial refund for cancelling an exam.

**SILVER Zone deadline: Last date for initial registration without a fee increase and last date to reschedule.

***BRONZE Zone registration deadline: Last date to register (at a fee hike) and cancel a reservation.

MCAT Exam Pattern 2018

The duration of MCAT 2018 will be a total of 7 hours and 27 minutes. The total actual exam time will be of 6 hours 15 minutes (approx) duration. The computer-based test consists of the following four main sections:

  • 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

MCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

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)

-

MCAT Syllabus 2018

The syllabus of MCAT 2018 covers the following four areas:

  • 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

It is expected that the candidates are proficient in biological concepts, organic and inorganic chemistry, Physics. Aspirants are also required to showcase their critical reasoning ability.

 

 MCAT Syllabus

Sections

MCAT Subject Topics

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Introductory biology, Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;

Introductory biology, Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;

Basic Biochemistry concepts: first-semester biochemistry;

Biology: Cellular and molecular (first-semester biochemistry);

Statistics concepts and introductory research methods; and

Natural sciences: Scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • Introductory biology, chemistry: organic and inorganic, and concepts of physics;

  • First semester biochemistry concepts;

  • First semester molecular biology;

  • Introductory statistics concepts and research methods used for introductory science courses; and

  • Show scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences.

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour

  • Concepts of psychology, sociology, and biology about the behavioral and socio-cultural health determinants;

  • Concepts of psychology and sociology;

  • Biology concepts of mental processes and behavior;

  • Introductory statistics concepts and research methods of introductory science; and

  • Social and behavioral sciences: scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics skills.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • Test comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills;

  • Include content from ethics, philosophy, studies of diverse cultures, population health, and a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines

MCAT Exam Centres 2018

MCAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted at 18 countries which includes the USA and its territories. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 23 days in 2018 and it has a number of exam centres from which the aspirants can choose the closest or the most convenient one. Almost every country where MCAT 2018 is scheduled has approximately 1–5 MCAT 2018 test centres. The USA and Canada have more than 30 MCAT test centres 2018 each. Aspirants can check the most convenient MCAT 2018 test centre before they register for MCAT. The test centres can be searched state wise (US only) or according to the country from a drop-down list.

 

MCAT Scores 2018

MCAT 2018 scores will be scored for the four sections separately. AAMC will also declare the aggregate of all the four sections. The MCAT 2018 scores will be declared 30–35 days post the date of the exam is over. Aspirants will get a total of 5 MCAT 2018 scores. The five scores are; one scores of each section and a total score. MCAT 2018 scores will range between 472 and 528. The midpoint of the scores are 500.

 

Score table of MCAT 2018

Section

Score

Midpoint

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

118-132

125

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

118-132

125

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour

118-132

125

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

118-132

125

Total

472 to 528

500

Contact Address:

Association of American Medical Colleges

Medical College Admission Test

2450 N St., NW

Washington, DC 20037

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

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