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** MCAT Overview and Structure **

The Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT) is a multiple choice
computer-based examination used by medical school admissions officials to
predict future success.

The MCAT is designed to test your knowledge of basic science concepts
alongside critical thinking abilities, problem-solving skills, and writing

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questions and download comprehensive answers and explanations.

The MCAT consists of 3 hours and 20 minutes of multiple-choice testing,
plus one hour devoted to a writing sample. The exam can last for 5½
hours, when all of the administrative details and breaks are considered.

The MCAT is primarily a thinking exam, testing your thought processes,
alongside your knowledge of science. You will have to know the fundamental
concepts of general chemistry, physics, biology, and organic chemistry.
However, success on the MCAT is more than just knowing the basics.

-There are 4 sections of the MCAT: Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences,
Biological Sciences and Writing Sample.-

*MCAT Physical Sciences*

*Time:* 70 minutes
*Format:* 52 multiple-choice questions
*Topics Tested:* General Chemistry, Basic Physics, Analytical Reasoning,
Data Interpretation

The content tested on the physical sciences section of the MCAT is drawn
from general chemistry and physics. Questions are mixed throughout the
section and generally divided between the two. Tested physics concepts
include thermodynamics, Newtonian mechanics, light and optics, magnetism,
atomic phenomena and nuclear physics. Chemistry concepts that you can
expect to see include the Periodic Table, quantum numbers, bonding, acids
and bases, reaction


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The MCAT is the medical college admissions test; it covers a range of
verbal, science and written questions and is twice as long as the GRE
(Graduate Record Exam). To be accepted for admission by a medical school,
you need to have a competitive score on this test; each section is scored
separately from 1 to 15, with 15 being the highest. There


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