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Changes to the MCAT for 2015

Big changes are coming to the MCAT! The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) anticipates major modifications to the well-known exam, projected to be implemented in 2015, and has outlined their basic plan as follows:

1) Changes in the natural sciences section and the addition of a new Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section are expected to reflect the changing nature of the medical education curriculum.

2) Four scores will be reported using the standard 1-15 scale that is present on the current MCAT, instead of three.

3) The price of an MCAT administration is expected to increase with the new changes.

4) The length of the MCAT will also increase – the new exam is expected to clock in at just around six and half hours, including breaks.

The changes to the MCAT makes the 2015 exam unpredictable and unprecedented; I advise all premedical students to sit for the 2014 administration, if at all possible. The AAMC is expected to release a full-length sample exam for the 2015 MCAT as the date draws closer. More information will be unveiled as it becomes available, so stay tuned to this blog. For more information, see the AAMC’s Preview Guide for the MCAT 2015 Exam (Second Edition).

For more information on the DAT/MCAT, contact Anh Dao, the director of graduate school admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test Prep is the elite one-on-one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business. Anh can be reached at 202-618-4473.

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