The graduate school exam you’ll face if you’re interested in medical school is the MCAT. The MCAT test is offered on paper and pencil only. You can take it during the months of April and August. The biological sciences section covers organic chemistry and biology. The physical sciences section covers physics and inorganic chemistry.

Here are the sections on the MCAT:

Section Total Amount Of Time Allotted Number Of Questions Time To Answer Each Question
Physical Sciences 45 Min. 1 Topic 45 Min.
Verbal Reasoning 85 Min. 60 1.4 Min.
Writing Sample I 30 Min. 1 30 Min.
Writing Sample II 30 Min. 1 30 Min.
Biological Sciences 100 Min. 77 1.3 Min.

MCAT Program Office
P.O. Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243
(319) 337-1357

There are two key elements when preparing for the MCAT test:

First, you should use a MCAT test study guide or set of MCAT test flashcards to be sure that you understand the test material and concepts that are covered.

Second, you should test yourself on MCAT practice tests so that you are familiar with the test process. Many students that know the material will struggle when taking the test, simply because they aren’t good test takers and do not have much experience with taking important standardized tests.