All You Need to Know about Medical Admission Test (MCAT) in 2022

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.

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