MCAT changes could affect student admission

Pre-medical students will sit down to a bigger, beefier Medical College Admission Test next spring as it changes to “help better prepare tomorrow’s doctors for the rapidly advancing and transforming health care system,” according to the official Association of American Medical Colleges website.

The new MCAT will be given to students applying to medical school for Fall 2016 and beyond. Designed for “tomorrow’s doctors,” the test is longer and will be scored differently, with added focus on biology, physiology and pathology.

Registration is $300 and will open in Feb. 2015, according to the Kaplan Test Prep website. A $150 Amazon gift card will be given to students who register.

Stats:

Length

Current: 144 questions over 3 hours and 20 minutes

New: 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes

Score

Current: 1 – 15 questions per section on 1 – 45 grade scale

New: 118 – 132 questions per section, total score of 528

New test questions: 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

New sections: Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (changed from Verbal Reasoning)

Cost

Current: $275

New: $300

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