What Do I Need to Know?

The 2015 MCAT changes from the current version in five major ways:


1. The New MCAT Has More Tested Topics:



There wi’ll be three additional semesters’’ worth of material in college-level biochemistry, introductory psychology and introductory sociology, increasing the number of prerequisite classes from eight to eleven. Passages will also place more emphasis on integrating topics, with general chemistry, physics, and biochemistry (for instance) all appearing within the same passage! Here’’s the new MCAT at a glance:


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2. The New MCAT Is Almost Double The Length:
On the new MCAT, you’’ll face 261 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes versus 144 questions in 3 hours 20 minutes currently. The new test will require a lot more stamina and focus.


3. You’’ll Face New Question Types & Skills:  
The current MCAT focuses on content knowledge and critical thinking, but the new MCAT tests two additional skills. Research Design focuses on the fundamentals of creating research projects, bias, faulty results, and variable relationships. Graphical Analysis & Data Interpretation focuses on deriving conclusions and drawing inferences from visual data, including figures, graphs and data tables.


4. The New MCAT Has A More Medical Approach:  
On the new MCAT, passages will be restructured to test all of the natural sciences within biological systems, often invoking physiology or pathology. Showing the application of all the tested sciences to medicine encourages students to view these subjects not simply as prerequisites for med school, but for the practice of medicine in general.


5. Verbal Reasoning Is Changing… Slightly:  
The new section will now be called Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, or CARS. Unlike the current Verbal Reasoning section, the new CARS section will no longer include passages on the natural sciences; instead, it will focus exclusively on humanities and social sciences passages.