Admissions Tests

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admissions Test, or the MCAT, is taken in order to apply to medical school, podiatry school, and some veterinary schools. However, the test will be reformatted in 2015 to evaluate new sets of skills and learning achievements needed to create the ‘humanistic physician’ of the future. Thus, it is important to take note of what test you will be taking and prepare for it accordingly.

Whom Will the Exam Affect?

The Class of 2016 will be the first required to take the new MCAT. Older classes can continue to use previous MCAT scores (within the three-year duration that the scores are still valid) or take the current exam until the Spring of 2015. Students in the class of 2015 will still be able to take the current exam, if they intend to take the MCAT in their Junior year or the fall of their Senior year.

What will this new 2015 MCAT entail?

To learn more about the new MCAT, visit the 2015 MCAT Preparation pages:

Current  MCAT (available until spring of 2015):

The current version of the MCAT is designed to test the ability of its examinees to read closely, synthesize information, evaluate its importance, and draw conclusions.

Outline of Test

Verbal Reasoning Scale

Scale 1-15

Physical Sciences

Scale 1-15

Physical and Biological Sciences

Scale 1-15

In the Verbal Reasoning section, students read passages of diverse content which may include subject matter regarding the humanities, social sciences, and areas of natural sciences not tested on the MCAT Physical and Biological Sciences sections and evaluate arguments presented in prose.

The sections on Physical Sciences (covering general chemistry and physics) and Biological Sciences (covering biology and organic chemistry) also require students to read passages and extrapolate information.

Approximately three-fourths of each subtest presents scientific subject matter in textual form, requiring students to apply their reading comprehension skills, scientific knowledge base, and quantitative abilities to synthesizing information and solving problems. The remaining one-fourth of each test presents multiple choice questions independent of any passage and of each other.

Overall the examination has been designed to focus the student's learning and preparation on their ability to read, write, and solve problems. This emphasis underscores the type of undergraduate preparation required for future successful applicants to medical school.

Scores are available online 4-6 weeks after you take the exam; exact dates are available on the AAMC website.


Dental Admissions Test

The test is comprised exclusively of multiple-choice test items. The DAT consists of a battery of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning.

Outline of Test

Survey of Natural Sciences

90 minutes

100 Questions

Perceptual Ability

60 minutes

90 Questions

Reading Comprehension

60 minutes

50 Questions

Quantitative Reasoning

45 minutes

40 Questions

Score Guide

DAT results are reported in terms of scale scores. The scale scores are neither raw scores (number correct) nor percentiles. Using scale scores it is possible to more readily compare the performance of one examinee with the performance of all examinees. Scores used in the testing program range from 1 to 30.


Pharmacy College Admissions Test

The PCAT is constructed specifically for use by colleges of pharmacy for admission purposes. The design and content of the PCAT are determined by the types of abilities, aptitudes, and skills deemed essential by colleges of pharmacy and by research concerning the kinds of tests that most accurately predict success in science-oriented courses.

Outline of Test

  • Verbal Ability
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Writing

Score Guide

Scaled scores for the multiple-choice subtests are ranked on a scale of 200–600, are based on the number of core items answered correctly, and are calculated separately for each multiple-choice subtest. Experimental items do not count toward your score. A percentile rank indicates the percentage of examinees from the current norm group who received a scaled score lower than a given score. For example, a Verbal Ability percentile rank of 60 indicates that 60% of the examinees in the norm group received a Verbal Ability scaled score lower than 407.


Veterinarian College Admissions Test

On June 6th 2012, VMCAS announced that the Veterinarian College Admissions Test (VCAT) will not longer be administered. Rather, individual colleges will determine which entrance exam (either the GRE or the MCAT) must take in order to apply.