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What is MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice, computer-based test that has been a part of the medical school admissions process for more than 90 years. Each year, more than 85,000 students sit for the exam. Nearly all medical schools in the United States and several in Canada require MCAT scores, and many health profession schools and graduate programs now accept MCAT scores in lieu of other standardized tests. The MCAT exam tests examinees on the skills and knowledge that medical educators, physicians, medical students, and residents have identified as key prerequisites for success in medical school and practicing medicine.

How important is the MCAT exam?

Taking the MCAT exam is an important step in the application process, but it is just one part of your overall application to medical school. Admissions committees consider many other aspects about you, including your academic strengths, exposure to health care and medical research environments, personal experiences and interests, potential to contribute to the campus and community, and personal attributes such as maturity and drive to help others.

National MDCAT Pattern 2021

  • Total # of MCQs: 210
  • Duration of MDCAT: 3.5 hours
  • Format: Computer-based MCQs
  • Minimum pass marks: 65% No negative marking 
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