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How to Prepare for MCAT

The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is a standardized test for admission into medical programs in United States Medical colleges. All Medical colleges in the United States admit candidates into their medical programs based on the MCAT Score obtained by the candidate.

MCAT Test Pattern

The MCAT test has sections which include Physical Sciences (chemistry and physics), Biological Sciences (biology and organic chemistry), Verbal Reasoning, and Writing.

SectionSubjectNo of QuestionsTime Duration
1Physical Sciences (Physics & Chemistry)52 MCQs70 minutes
2Biological Sciences (Biology & Organic Chemistry52 MCQs70 Minutes
3Verbal Reasoning40 MCQs60 minutes
4Essay Writing 260 minutes

MCAT Grading Method

The first 3 sections of the MCAT are multiple-choice questions, and the score is calculated on a 15 points scale based on the correct answers from all 3 sections combined. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. The 4th Section is an Essay writing section which has 2 sample essays, and each of the essays is evaluated separately by two graders on a 6-point scale.

How to Prepare for the MCAT?

As with any challenging examination, Good preparation is a proven technique to get a high score on the MCAT. You need to start your preparation as earlier as possible. You can also take preparatory courses to crack to MCAT. These following steps will help get you started with the preparation

Materials

Having a Good Study material will help you a lot while preparation. Buy Preparation materials from good companies. Providers such as TPR, EK, TBR, Kaplan, AAMC tests and GS are a good bet. There are many e-learning platform providing valuable preparatory materials for tests. Rely on all good sources to ace the MCAT

Give Mock Tests

Practise mock tests and try solving previous year questions. Mock test will help you know where you are good and at the same time where you’re lacking. It will give you confidence while while sitting up for the actual examination.

Discipline and Determination

MCAT is a difficult test. Preparing for the exam can take months of effort. Determination is a key to ace this exam. If your truly want to pass/score high marks on MCAT, Do your preparation with all your heart, you will definitely see yourself achieving it.