The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an entrance examination for medical schools which is maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It is taken by prospective medical students who wish to apply for admission to a medical school, typically in the USA or Canada. The admissions offices of medical programs weigh MCAT scores as one of several factors in determining whether a given candidate should be offered admission into the program. Different medical programs are free to determine their own cutoff scores and how much emphasis to place on MCAT scores.
The MCAT is made up of four major sections: Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems contains 59 questions, and lasts 95 minutes. The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section contains 53 questions, and allows 90 minutes to complete. The Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems provides 95 minutes to complete all 59 questions. The last section, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, also contains 59 questions, and lasts 95 minutes. Including breaks, tutorials, surveys, and testing sections, the testing session is estimated to last around 7 hours and 33 minutes.
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