Be prepared for MCAT 2015.

As the standardized test required by the majority of medical schools in the United States and Canada, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) provides admissions committees with important information about their applicants’ readiness for success. Therefore, periodic updates help ensure that the exam is keeping pace with changes in the study and practice of medicine, such as new and innovative treatments, health care system reforms, and the challenges that come with serving an increasingly diverse population.

To this end, a new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be introduced in Spring 2015. Therefore, if you plan to take the MCAT exam any time after the beginning of 2015, with a goal to start medical school in the fall of 2016 or later, you will take the MCAT 2015.

What is Different about the New Exam?

The natural sciences sections of the MCAT 2015 exam reflect recent changes in medical education. They test the concepts in biology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics that medical school faculty rate as most important to entering students’ success. This content comes from courses in  biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics and in first-semester biochemistry courses.

The MCAT 2015 exam includes a section on the social and behavioral sciences: Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. This section tests your knowledge of important introductory psychology and sociology concepts, as well as the introductory biology concepts that relate to mental processes and behavior. The addition of this section to the exam recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section asks you to analyze, evaluate, and apply information provided by passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines. It does not require specific knowledge of these disciplines, but it tests the analysis and reasoning skills you need for medical school, and may prompt you to read broadly as you prepare. Along with many others, passages about ethics and philosophy, cultural studies, and population health are included.

To help students prepare for MCAT 2015 the Premedical Programs Office with input from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Sociology underwent an extensive course mapping project.  The goal of this project was to provide students with accurate information regarding where in their undergraduate coursework they will focus on the concepts tested in the exam.  It will be advantageous for students to take particular note of those content areas when in these courses and prepare notes from these courses to assist with later study for the MCAT. Secondly, the mapping allows students to create working outlines of all content that will be included on the MCAT and to identify which course notes to review for each content area.

The course mapping project resulted in the creation of several documents (pdf), which are found in the blue box to the right. There are two files for each subject area including biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and sociology.  For each subject area, one file is listed by course number and one file is listed by topic. There is also a file listing all courses with main topics mapped to each course. This list does not include subtopics.

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Other Resources

Other resources are available to help you prepare for MCAT 2015. You can find many of these resources on a special page on the AAMC website devoted to MCAT 2015 for students. Visit the site (www) >>


Source: American Association of Medical Colleges (aamc.org)