Section-wise Syllabus for MCAT
MCAT consists of Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and a Writing Sample section. Each section is designed to assess your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Writing Sample section requires you to write two essays on the given topics, whereas, the other sections are multiple-choices based.
The official website for MCAT, by AAMC www.aamc.org provides information regarding the syllabus. You can access more information regarding syllabus for MCAT by following the link https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/preparing/.
MCAT Syllabus for Verbal Reasoning
It consists of several passages, usually 500-600 words long, followed by 5-10 multiple-choice questions. A total of 40 questions are available in the Verbal Reasoning section. The passages may be taken from different subjects that were a part of your undergraduate study or can include general topics or issues that you come across in your daily life. As the topics included have a vast range, the questions do not limit itself to a set of topics. The questions are not intended in testing how good you are in a specific subject covered in MCAT. Reading articles related to different subjects as well as of general issues will help in creating a view of your own about an issue. This will help in understanding a passage better on the day of the test. By understanding what the passage demands, it will be easier to find the correct answers.
MCAT Syllabus for Writing Sample
It consists of two topics, followed by instructions on what you have to write. The essay writing section requires you to first elaborate on the topic given. The second task requires you to mention about the perspective which is just opposite to your initial explanation. You need to support your claims with the help of examples. The third task is about suggesting a common solution for solving the argument provided in the statement. Try reading articles on various topics; this will increase your vocabulary and writing skills. It will help in creating a personal view about different issues; this will help while attempting the Writing Sample section.
MCAT Syllabus for Physical Sciences
It consists of a passage followed by a set of questions based on the passage. It assesses your basic knowledge of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics that you have learned till your under graduation. MCAT tests your knowledge of a subject by observing how you apply your knowledge in finding solution to the given problems. The passage based questions test your understanding of the passage. The independent questions test your knowledge of general facts, formulas and equations. The Physical Sciences section usually consists of 7-sets of passages followed by 4-7 questions. It also contains about 13 questions, which contain a direct question followed by answer choices. A total of 52 questions are available in the Physical Sciences section.
The commonly tested topics of Physics include Newtonian mechanics, Thermodynamics, Magnetism, Light and Optics, Nuclear Physics and Atomic Phenomena. Chemistry topics include Quantum numbers, Periodic Table, Bonding, Phases of Matter, Acids and Bases etc. In mathematics, you need to be thorough with your Algebra, Exponents, Logs, Trigonometry etc.
MCAT Syllabus for Biological Sciences
It also consists of a passage, followed by questions based on it. Some questions appear independent of each other. It tests your basic knowledge of Biology and Chemistry by their application in finding a solution to problems. The biology topics covered include cell division, different systems of the body, enzymatic activity, viruses etc. Organic chemistry topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, spectroscopy, hydrocarbons, amino acids and proteins, hydrolysis and dehydration etc. Biological Sciences section also contains about 7-sets of passages followed by 4-7 questions. Around 13 questions appear in this section which are direct questions followed by their answer choices. It also contains a total of 52 questions. Syllabus of MCAT is designed to test the basic concepts that you have learned till your undergraduate study programs. It does not include concepts of a higher course.