The Medical Admission Test is one of the most intimidating exams in the life of a premed student. With so much riding on the score of a single exam, it is common for candidates to get overwhelmed and apprehensive about it as it draws near. However, this crippling anxiety that restricts students from performing their best on the exam can be significantly lessened by addressing common questions and concerns about the test.
To help you combat the agitation that is so common among premeds who are about to take their MCAT, we have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about the medical admission test 2022.
What is the MCAT?
Before we begin talking about this year’s MCAT in particular, it is important to briefly discuss what exactly this test is and why you need to take it.
For close to a century, medical schools in the US have been using the Medical College Admission Test proposed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to determine which of the candidates should be accepted into their institutes. In fact, in addition to being applied in America, many Canadian and Caribbean medical schools also use its scores to streamline their admission process.
The Ausoma Caribbean Medical School also requires MCAT scores for offering admission to the deserving applicants.
Exam Pattern for the Medical Admission Test 2022
The Medical Admission Test assesses your knowledge in four key areas:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems – 59 questions
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems – 59 questions
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior – 59 questions
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills – 53 questions
Each of the four sections carry marks in the range of 118 and 132, bringing the total score range between 472 and 528. With the exception of Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (which consists of 53 questions), every other section comprises 59 questions each. In total, this makes 230 questions that you are expected to attempt in approximately 7.5 hours with 40 minutes of break time allotted.
Accommodations allowed for those who need them
For candidates with disabilities or handicap, the AAMC allows certain accommodations to ensure that they are given a fair chance at this exam. These adjustments have to be requested for by the candidate within 60 days of registering for the MCAT. If you think you are eligible for these accommodations, you can apply for them through the MCAT Accommodation Online System on their website.
When should you take the MCAT?
Different resources suggest different times in a pre med student’s life to take the MCAT exam. However, most experts agree that it is best to take the test at least one year before you are to start med school. This gives you ample time to retake the exam if your scores do not meet your expectations the first time around.
Kaplan – the most widely used resource to study for the Medical Admission Test – suggests that you should put in 300 to 350 hours of preparation and studying before you sit for the exam.
How much does the MCAT 2022 cost?
Registering for the Medical Admission Test 2022 before the deadline passes will cost you about $310. If you are late to sign up for a seat or wish to move your test date ahead, you might have to pay extra charges.
Test dates and score release dates for the MCAT 2022
This year’s MCAT test and score release dates are as follows:
|Test Date||Score Release|
|January 14, 2022||February 15, 2022|
|January 15, 2022||February 15, 2022|
|January 20, 2022||February 22, 2022|
|January 21, 2022||February 22, 2022|
|March 12, 2022||April 12, 2022|
|March 25, 2022||April 26, 2022|
|April 8, 2022||May 10, 2022|
|April 9, 2022||May 10, 2022|
|April 29, 2022||May 31, 2022|
|April 30, 2022||May 31, 2022|
|May 13, 2022||June 14, 2022|
|May 14, 2022||June 14, 2022|
|May 19, 2022||June 21, 2022|
|May 27, 2022||June 28, 2022|
|June 4, 2022||July 6, 2022|
|June 17, 2022||July 19, 2022|
|June 18, 2022||July 19, 2022|
|June 24, 2022||July 26, 2022|
|June 25, 2022||July 26, 2022|
|June 30, 2022||August 1, 2022|
|July 16, 2022||August 16, 2022|
|July 29, 2022||August 30, 2022|
|August 5, 2022||September 7, 2022|
|August 20, 2022||September 20, 2022|
|August 26, 2022*||September 27, 2022|
|August 27, 2022||September 27, 2022|
|September 1, 2022||October 4, 2022|
|September 2, 2022*||October 4, 2022|
|September 9, 2022*||October 11, 2022|
|September 10, 2022||October 11, 2022|
* There will be two testing sessions offered on August 26.