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MCAT – Changes with the 2015 Format

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The new MCAT will include several major revisions, while still maintaining a very similar look and feel. The basic process of taking the MCAT involves reading a passage of 200 – 500 words and then answering questions based on the passage and outside science knowledge. That process won’t change for the new exam.

What will change is the content areas being tested. The mechanics of the scoring and the sections are also changing. Read more on the changes below.

MCAT Scoring Scale Changes

New MCAT Exam Format

Required Coursework

Here’s our recommendations about the course work you should complete prior to taking the new MCAT:

  • Biology: 2 semesters (3 recommended)
  • Chemistry: 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry: 1 semester (2 recommended)
  • Physics: 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry: 1 semester
  • Psychology: 1 semester
  • Sociology: 1 semester
  • Statistics (or some other course that focuses on experimental design and how to interpret the significance of data): 1 semester recommended
  • Humanities: 1-3 semesters recommended

2015 MCAT Dates

Unlike past years, there will not be March MCAT dates. Overall, 2015 will offer fewer test dates than in years past. Although AAMC will surely make preparations, we expect test dates to fill up more quickly.

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