Ever since the exam's duration was lengthened to 7.5 hours, the test is only offered in the morning.The test, updated in 2015, consists of four sections, listed in the order that they are administered The four sections are in multiple-choice format.From 1946 to 1948, the test was called the "Professional School Aptitude Test" before finally changing its name to the "Medical College Admission Test" when the developer of the test, the Graduate Record Office (under contract with the AAMC) merged with the newly formed Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Each section is allotted either 90 or 95 minutes and tests between 50 and 60 questions.
Including breaks, the full examination lasts approximately 7.5 hours.
118 to 132 (in 1-point increments) for each of the 4 sections (Chemistry and Physics, Biology/Biochemistry, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, and Psychology and Social Sciences). Gold zone (registration about 1 month or more prior to test date): US $310 Reschedule fee: US $75 Cancellation refund: US $155 Silver zone (registration about 3 to 4 weeks prior to test date): US $310 Reschedule fee: US $135 Cancellation refund: n/a Bronze zone (registration about 1 to 2 weeks prior to test date): US $360 Reschedule fee: n/a Cancellation refund: n/a International testing: US $100 in addition to above. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, written analysis and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles.
Prior to 2006, the exam was a paper-and-pencil test; since 2007, all administrations of the exam have been computer-based.
On July 18, 2005, the AAMC announced that it would offer the paper-and-pencil version of the MCAT only through August 2006.
A subset of testing sites offered a computer-based version of the full-length exam throughout 20.
The addition of behavioral and cultural material was recommended to provide a solid foundation for learning of these concepts in medical school.
According to the committee, psychological science should be understood by medical students as an essential aspect of healthcare. 43% of students take the MCAT within one year of graduation, 44% take the exam between one and four years after graduation and 13% sit for the exam five or more years after graduation.
Questions retained the multiple-choice format, though the majority of the questions were divided into passage sets.
Passage-based questions were implemented to evaluate "text comprehension, data analysis, ability to evaluate an argument, or apply knowledge from the passage to other contexts." A new scoring scale was also implemented.