The MCAT has to be one of the most grueling and decisive tests that anyone will ever have to sit: it lasts seven and a half hours and it will determine whether or not she or he will be awarded a place at a medical school.
The tutors at AGF Tutoring have all taken the MCAT themselves and therefore know exactly what kind of preparation the test engenders. And these tutors, who are either qualified MDs or at medical school, will aver that the MCAT is akin to a marathon: it requires oodles of stamina and endurance to excel. The actual content of the test is not necessarily overly demanding or profound as it is intended for all undergraduates who may eventually want to become doctors. Hence, it is not uncommon for a MCAT test taker to herald from a non-scientific background. Indeed, the performances of the non-scientist test takers are at least on a par with those who have completed undergraduate degrees such as biochemistry. Consequently, the complexity and specificity of the science questions are well within the knowledge realm of a first-year college undergraduate. The key, however, to doing really well is by working intensively over a few months, doing lots and lots of questions to the point that there are no surprises in the real test.
The experienced tutors at AGF Tutoring will guide you through all the relevant material, simultaneously advising you with regard to the most efficacious examination techniques and strategies, thereby ensuring the very best results by implementing a targeted approach tailored to each test taker’s specific respective needs.
The MCAT lasts for seven and a half hours and comprises four sections:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
59 multiple choice questions in 95 minutes which examine the test taker’s knowledge of basic biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
59 multiple choice questions in 95 minutes which examine the test taker’s knowledge of basic biochemistry, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
59 multiple choice questions in 95 minutes which examine the test taker’s knowledge of introductory psychology, sociology and biology, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
53 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes. There is a variety of passages from the social sciences and humanities, which resemble those of other examinations, such as the SAT and ACT tests.
A synopsis of the MCAT
|Section||Time||Number of questions|
|Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems||95 minutes||59|
|Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems||95 minutes||59|
|Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior||95 minutes||59|
|Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills||90 minutes||53|