About MCAT 2019

The Medical College Admission Test 2018 or the MCAT 2018 is an examination for medical admission accepted in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Caribbean Islands. This entrance test is for prospective MD students who want to pursue medical education in the aforementioned countries and is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges or AAMC. The MCAT is a computer-based test which evaluates a candidate’s understanding and knowledge of various scientific concepts which are a requisite for a career in the medical and healthcare domain. The scores for MCAT 2018 are only valid for up to 3 years. In some colleges and universities, only score up to 2 years old are accepted.

MCAT 2018 will be conducted in 18 countries including the United States and it’s territories. Each country in which the MCAT exam is conducted has around 1–5 centres at which the test is administered and the USA and Canada have over 30 centres at which the test is administered.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Languages English
Conducting Body: Association of American Medical Colleges
Duration 7 Hours 30 Minutes

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A candidate is eligible to give the MCAT 2018 exam if he or she is interested in pursuing an educational course in the domain of healthcare and medicine. This includes the following programs:

  • M.D.
  • D.O.
  • Podiatric (D.P.M.)
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)
  • Any other healthcare or medicine related program which requires MCAT scores in order to meet admission criteria. 

Upon registration for the MCAT 2018 exam, a candidate is required to submit a statement which verifies the candidate’s interest and intention toward applying to a program in a health professions school.

International students who are enrolled in an MBBS program are not required satisfy any other additional eligibility requirements. 

International candidates who are pursuing a program in healthcare and medicine other than MBBS or have no immediate intention in pursuing a profession in healthcare and medicine are required to obtain special permission in order to be eligible for the MCAT 2018 exam. Details for the special permission process are given on the official MCAT web portal on the AAMC website. 

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Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Credit Card | Debit Card

In order to apply for the MCAT 2018 exam, candidates must complete the registration process online.

  • Candidates must create an Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC) account via the official registration link on the AAMC web portal.
  • Candidates must fill all the required details in the application form in order to complete the registration process. Candidates should register at least 60 days prior to the exam in order to ensure a seat in the exam. 
  • Candidates can then select the required test date and preferred test centre for the exam.
  • The final step in the application/registration process is the payment of exam/registration fees which can only be done online.

The registration fee for the MCAT 2018 varies with the date of registration prior to the exam and is classified into three categories:

  • Gold Zone Deadline (29 days prior to the exam date)
  • Silver Zone Deadline (15 days prior to the exam date)
  • Bronze Zone Deadline (8 days prior to the exam date)

For International candidates, an additional international fee is applicable on the normal exam fee. All fees are to be paid in USD. 

MCAT 2018 Registration Fees 

Fee TypeGold Zone DeadlineSilver Zone DeadlineBronze Zone Deadline
Initial RegistrationUSD $315USD $315USD $370
Date/Test Centre Rescheduling FeeUSD $90USD $150No rescheduling option
Cancellation RefundUSD $155No cancellation refund
International FeeUSD $105USD $105USD $105

MCAT 2019 Syllabus

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
Biomolecules have unique properties that determine how they contribute to the structure and function of cells, and how they participate in the processes necessary to maintain life.
Highly-organized assemblies of molecules, cells, and organs interact to carry out the functions of living organisms.
Complex systems of tissues and organs sense the internal and external environments of multicellular organisms, and through integrated functioning, maintain a stable internal environment within an ever-changing external environment.
Chemical and physical foundations of biological systems
Complex living organisms transport materials, sense their environment, process signals, and respond to changes using processes that can be understood in terms of physical principles.
The principles that govern chemical interactions and reactions form the basis for a broader understanding of the molecular dynamics of living systems.
Psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior
Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influence the ways that individuals perceive, think about, and react to the world.
Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influence behavior and behavior change.
Psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors influence the way we think about ourselves and others, as well as how we interact with others.
Cultural and social differences influence well-being.
Social stratification and access to resources influence well-being.
Scientific inquiry and reasoning skills
Knowledge of scientific concepts and principles, scientific reasoning and problem solving, reasoning about the design and execution of research, data-based and statistical reasoning
Critical analysis and reasoning skills

The MCAT 2018 exam has a duration of 6 hours and 15 minutes and an overall seated duration of 7 hours and 27 minutes which includes the breaks, optional sections as well as the additional questions which are not a part of the actual scored exam. 

The exam comprises 4 main sections which are:

  • 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

MCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

SectionDurationNumber of Questions
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems95 minutes59
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills90 minutes53
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems95 minutes59
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior95 minutes59

Documents Required at Exam

  • Valid government issued passport

The result for the MCAT 2018 exam will be available for the candidates online approximately 30-35 days after the test day. These results can be viewed and downloaded using a candidate's AAMC account.

MCAT 2018 Scores:

The MCAT 2018 result will have 5 different scores; 4 scores for the individual sections of the MCAT 2018 exam and one score which is an aggregate of all four sectional scores. 

Each of the four MCAT sections are scored on a 118 to 132 point scale. The fifth and final score which is the aggregate of the four sectional scores is scored on a scale of 472 - 528. 

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can a MBBS graduate who completed before 10yrs can apply MCAT?Is there any age limit is there?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 31st Oct, 2019

Dear Saran, AAMC doesn't specify any particular eligibility crtieria except for the fact that the Candidates should have completed their Graduation. For International Candidates completing or pursuing MBBS is a mandatory criterion. So even if you have completed your MBBS, 10 years ago, you are still eligible for appearing for MCAT. There is no upper age limit. For more information, please visit our page at: https://studyabroad.careers360.com/articles/mcat-eligibility-criteria


can we get online MCAT coaching.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019


The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Caribbean Islands. there some online resources available which may help in your studies.



hope it would help.


Right now Im pursuing biomedical from India. will I be eligible to give mcat? will medical schools accept degree outside of the us or Canada?

manasa Student Expert 4th Oct, 2019

Hello Aspirant

An up-and-comer is qualified for taking the MCAT on the off chance that he/she intends to go to a wellbeing expert school, which incorporates Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric and Veterinary Medicine. On the off chance that you've finished (or seeking after) a MBBS degree program, you needn't bother with a unique consent to sit for the test.

MCAT Registration is accessible consistently. Each endeavor at MCAT costs between $315 360, contingent on the district. MCAT evaluates an up-and-comer's investigation, thinking, mental aptitudes and information of natural frameworks.

Competitors must apply for a medicinal school and notice the equivalent in a check explanation during enlistment.

To step through an exam for purposes other than going to a medicinal school; one must get extraordinary consent from AAMC.

Up-and-comers can take a limit of 3 tests in a one year time span; 4 tests over a time of 2 years; and 7 tests throughout everyday life.

The online test comprises of four areas to be endeavored in 7.5 hours.

The general MCAT score range lies between 472 528.

All the best


Hi, Is VIT B.Tech Biotechnology acceptable for MCAT? I would like to pursure Medical in US and want to take this route "B.Tech Biotechnology => MCAT => MD in US". MD in US is equal to MBBS in India. Please advice

Ronit Jain 26th Oct, 2019

Any candidates interested in pursuing career in Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric and Veterinary can appear for the MCAT test. Students from U.S. and Canada must have a UG degree to be eligible for the exam. International candidates must be pursuing or have completed MBBS to sit for MCAT. So no, having a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology won't pave a way for you to be eligible for MCAT.


Need an advice on MCAT (International student).

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 29th Jul, 2019
MCAT is a computerised exam conducted by American Association of Medical Colleges to get into a medical school abroad in countries like US, Canada and Australia. Youare eligible to take this exam if you intend to attend a health professional school that includes Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric and Veterinary Medicine. However do drop a mail to [email protected] explaining the reason why you want to take the exam. MCAT tests your understanding in fundamentals of Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Physics and Chemistry along with problem solving and critical thinking skills. So though these are easy to understand and read, taking few extra classes can boost your score.

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