Beginning in April 2015, the new MCAT (last revised in 1991) will be administered to students applying to medical school for the Fall 2016 cycle. The most notable change to the exam is an added emphasis on the social sciences. The test also retains two sections devoted to the natural sciences and includes a new section that tests critical thinking skills.
To explain the reasoning behind these updates, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, President and CEO of AAMC, writes, “Being a good doctor is about more than scientific knowledge. It also requires an understanding of people. By balancing the MCAT exam’s focus on the natural sciences with a new section on the psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, the new exam will better prepare students to build strong knowledge of the socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health.”
If you will be taking the new MCAT, you will see these 4 sections on the exam:
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
The first three sections will require you to demonstrate skills in 4 areas:
The last section will require that you demonstrate critical thinking skills in these 3 areas:
If you are getting the feeling that this test will lean heavily toward the application of the concepts you have learned in your classes, you're on the right track.
The AAMC has created a number of resources for students who are preparing for MCAT2015. Many are free and the others are available for a nominal fee. Take advantage and start preparing now.
What's on the MCAT 2015 Exam?
Khan Academy MCAT Tutorial Videos
The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, 4th Edition
Official MCAT2015 Sample Test
The AAMC also offers fee assistance for qualified test-takers. Benefits include:
To learn more and apply for this benefit, visit AAMC.org/fap. These discounts cannot be retroactively applied once you have registered for the exam, so apply for FAP first.
AAMC has also negotiated a hotel discount program through Hampton Inns for test-takers who are traveling to take the exam. When you visit hamptoninn.com, include the special rate code of 0002673306 in the "corporate account" box.