See FAQ about our MCAT Program
What is the MCAT?
The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is a computer-based standardized
exam for applicants to medical schools in the United States and Canada. The
MCAT assesses problem solving, critical thinking and written analysis in addition
to knowledge of scientific concepts and principles. The MCAT in 2015 is scored
from a low of 118 to a high of 132. The old test is scored out of 45 and also
includes a written section.
Where can I register for the MCAT?
You can register for the MCAT at the website of the Association of American
Medical Colleges, the organization that administers the test (www.aamc.org).
When can I write the MCAT test?
The MCAT2015 test schedules can be found here.
The exam's duration is 7.5 hours.
How many times should I take the MCAT? Can I just send medical schools
only my highest MCAT scores?
AAMC limits applicants to taking the MCAT a maximum of three times per year,
and maximum one registration per session. Although some medical schools consider
the highest of the applicant’s scores, others consider all of the scores;
therefore, if an applicant feels that he has performed poorly on the MCAT,
he might choose to cancel the score and try the test again the next time it
is offered. However, an applicant may only void a score at the end of the
examination, (long before his score becomes available); therefore, he must
decide whether or not to cancel his score without knowing exactly how he performed.
Therefore, students should not attempt to write the MCAT until they have
thoroughly prepared for the test. This is why we at Ivy Global make sure that
our students have reached their potential and are achieving high MCAT scores
on practice tests under realistic test conditions.
When do I have to write the MCAT by?
It is best to take the MCAT the same year you are applying for medical school.
We recommend that you take the MCAT early to allow yourself the option of
writing the test again.
Should I guess answers on the MCAT?
Absolutely. There is no penalty for guessing. For example, if you have ten
seconds left and four questions unanswered on a section, you should just randomly
guess on all of them.
When should I start to prepare for the MCAT?
That depends on how much you need to improve your score, and how many hours
a day you can commit to studying for the MCAT. The summer is a great time
to prepare for the test. Take a full practice test under realistic test conditions
as soon as possible to identify the specific sections and question types that
are challenging for you. Talk to one of our tutors or instructors to come
up with a study plan to help you reach your full potential on the test.
What scores do I need to be a competitive applicant for medical school?
Examples MCAT Scores
|University of Toronto
|University of British Columbia
|University of Western Ontario
min. 30 O combined
|Memorial University of Newfoundland
|University of Calgary
|University of Manitoba
How important is the MCAT?
While a high MCAT score does not guarantee entry into medical school, a low
score does render acceptance into selective schools unlikely. Most medical
schools value the undergraduate GPA and the MCAT score roughly equally, but
some places more emphasis on one or the other. If your undergraduate program
or university is not particularly renowned, admissions officers may place
more weight on your MCAT score. While GPA and MCAT are the most important
factors, there are also other ones: your personal statement, reference letters,
any graduate degrees, work experience, and extra-curricular activities. Some
medical schools publish on their websites information on how they weigh the
When do I get my scores?
Scores are given on different dates depending on when the examination was
taken. Dates are listed here.
How long are my MCAT scores valid for?
Each school has their own policy for how long an MCAT score can be valid
for. Generally though, they require that the scores be no more than two to
three years old. Queen's, Western, and UofT medical school list on their websites
that test results are valid for any test written within five years of the
If I write the MCAT multiple times, which scores are accepted?
Each school has their own policy regarding what MCAT scores are relevant.
Schools may take into account all test scores, the most recent test scores,
or only the highest test score. We recommend contacting each school individually
to find out. UofT medical school states that the most recent scores are considered
on their website.
How does score cancellation work?
You can cancel your score immediately after completing the examination at
the test centre. There is a five minute period near the end where you are
given the choice to void the exam.