Three quarters of lecture and laboratory of each of the following sciences are generally required.
Some programs will have additional requirements that you will need to meet. And though it is not required, it may be helpful to take Biochemistry, Psychology, and Sociology as these concepts will be on the MCAT. Regarding AP, CLEP, and IB coursework, you will need to check the Medical School Admission Requirements for each program’s website.
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
The MCAT exam has four multiple-choice test sections:
When should I take the MCAT?
When you feel ready! There is no need to rush to take the exam. Sometimes, students will take the MCAT exam the same year they plan to apply to medical school. Before taking the MCAT, be sure you have a study plan to help you prepare.
Create a study plan for the MCAT:
Step 1: Gather Information about MCAT
Step 2: Take a practice test
Step 3: Gather study materials
Step 4: Make a study calendar
Step 5: Study!
Step 6: Prepare for test day
How many times should I take the MCAT?
Ideally, you should only take the MCAT one time. However, students can take the MCAT up to three times in one testing year. The MCAT can be taken up to four times in a two-year period. The MCAT can be taken a total of seven times in a lifetime. Voids and no-shows count toward your lifetime limits.
How long are MCAT scores valid?
Generally, the scores are valid for up to 2 to 3 years. Therefore, it is recommended that you check each school's admissions policy.
Is the exam expensive?
The MCAT exam cost is $325. A fee assistance program is available to help with the cost of taking the MCAT, applying to medical schools, access to free MCAT Official Test Prep products, complimentary access to the MSAR online database, and more.
Generally, the AMCAS application is available in early May for applicants to start filling out their information. However, students cannot certify and submit their application until the end of May/beginning of June. Students do not need to apply immediately when the application opens, but they also should not want to wait until the last minute to apply. Ideally, students should certify and submit their AMCAS application early.
Once students have certified and submitted their application and AMCAS has received all required transcripts, the application enters the processing queue to verify the information. This process can take 6 – 8 weeks. Students are responsible for checking the status of their application to ensure it is error-free to avoid delays resulting in missed deadlines.
The application will then be released to the medical schools you have chosen, and you may be required to complete secondary applications for each school. It is important that you complete and submit all secondary applications thoroughly and promptly.
The Early Decision Program (EDP) has a deadline of August 1 for all medical schools. If August 1 falls on a weekend/holiday, then the deadline will apply to the next business day.
Individual medical schools set all application deadlines. Your application must be submitted to AMCAS by 11:59 PM ET / 8:59 PM PT to meet the deadline. AMCAS does not grant deadline extensions for any reason.
This is a traditional timeline that assumes students will apply to medical school during their senior year in college. However, it is important to know that it is becoming more common for students to take a gap year before applying or re-applying to medical school. This allows students additional time to strengthen their resumes, prepare for the MCAT, or fulfill other academic prerequisites that could not be completed in their undergraduate studies.