Students applying to medical school must take the MCAT at least one year before the anticipated date of medical school admission. The MCAT is usually taken after the completion of General Chemistry, General Physics, Foundations of Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry I. For most pre-med students this will be during the spring quarter of the junior year or during the summer after the junior year.
The purpose of the MCAT is to help medical school admissions committees predict which applications will be successful in medical school. It tests areas and skills that medical educators and physicians consider important for success in the field.
For information and registration, visit https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/about.
A competitive MCAT score is at or above the 75 percentile.
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