MCAT Test Structure

The MCAT test is divided in to four sections of Verbal reasoning, physical sciences, writing sample and biological sciences. The table below clearly shows the numbers of questions in each section with the time allotted and also has the score range for each section depicted clearly. There is no penalty for guessing. So the student can answer all the questions whether he knows the right answer or not.

The test has been converted to online test. August 19th 2006 is the last day paper and pencil will be used to write a test in the U.S.

A brief outline about the sections

The Verbal reasoning section is usually nothing related to the medical field. A long passage is provided and the student is expected to work out possible answers from the same for the questions asked.

The Physical Sciences section covers subjects like Inorganic chemistry and physics. Basically it is like a brush up for the student with regard to what he has studied earlier.

For the Writing Sample section, two essays have to be written on a given statement. The complete idea of the student about the sentence given should be elucidated clearly.

Questions relating to Organic chemistry and biology come under Biological sciences section.

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