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Know Your Grad School Exams

Know Your Grad School Exams

Learn everything you need to know to start the graduate school process.

By Chris Diehl

June 29, 2010

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

Required for: Medical school Cost: $235 regular registration; $290 late registration When: Between January and September Test duration: About 6 hours, including check-in time.






Upcoming dates:

  • Friday, January 28, 2011
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Test structure: The test is comprised of four sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Assesses ability to understand, evaluate and apply text information
  • Physical Sciences: Tests reasoning in chemistry and physics
  • Biological Sciences: Assesses reasoning in biology and organic chemistry
  • Writing Sample: Tests your ability to state and develop a central idea


All sections are multiple choice, except the writing sample, which is in essay form.

Scoring: The raw scores are converted into a scale of 1-15 per section. The writing sample is rated on a scale from J (lowest) to T (highest). It is up to each medical school to determine what is an acceptable score for each section.

For more information or to register online, visit the official MCAT Web site or call (202) 828-0690.


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