The MCAT is a four part, multiple choice exam that is used by admissions committees as a future indicator of performance in medical school. The test is designed to measure ability in: problem solving, critical thinking, writing, and knowledge of prerequisite courses in medicine.
Section 1: Physical Sciences
Topics covered: General Chemistry, Physics, Analytical Thinking
Section 2: Verbal Reasoning
Topics covered: Critical reading skills
Section 3: Writing Sample
Topics covered: Two 30 minute essay questions
Section 4: Biological Sciences
Topics covered: Biology, Organic Chemistry
The Health Professions Office has information about test strategies and preparation. On site seminars about the exams are offered during the fall semester. The Office of Health Professions has practice exam books that students may look through in order to become more familiar with the material and types of questions that are asked. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to enroll in a preparation course if they feel that it is necessary.
For a comprehensive guide to taking the MCAT please visit: http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm