At a Glance: MCAT Information

What You Need to Know About the New MCAT

NOTE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: If you've taken the version of the MCAT that was administered before April 2015, we will accept your scores for up to five years after you've taken the test.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an important part of your medical school candidate profile. It's detailed and thorough, and isn't designed to simply assess your ability to memorize facts—rather, it tests your understanding of key medical concepts, and your ability to apply those concepts to scenarios you'd encounter as a practicing physician.

Never fear, though: If you have a solid grasp of your medical school prerequisites, then you’re already on the right track to performing well on the MCAT exam. Studying, careful consultation of MCAT information and test prep materials, and lots of MCAT practice exams should make up the rest of your MCAT planning.

Read on to learn about the test, plus exam registration dates and other useful MCAT information you should know.

What Is the MCAT Score for Students Who Are Accepted to Ross?

Applicants must take the MCAT to be considered for admission to Ross. The average MCAT of students Ross students entering medical school in September 2015, January 2016, and May 2016 is 25 (discontinued exam) and 496 (new exam). Please bear in mind, however, that Ross accepts students below those thresholds, depending on an individual's GPA and many other factors listed further down this page. You can get a better idea of your potential candidacy to Ross by sending an email to an admissions colleague to discuss your personal situation.

How Important is the MCAT Test to Medical School Admissions?

Research shows that the MCAT can be a reliable predictor of your potential success, both as a medical school student and as a physician. The exam tests your ability to translate fundamental medical school concepts into courses of action in real-world patient cases, and we look at your MCAT performance very closely when making a decision on your candidacy

Keep in mind that Ross considers the MCAT exam in concert with many other factors. This includes interviews, volunteer experience, and letters of recommendation. These convey more about your ethics, maturity, critical judgment, and life experience—all factors that contribute to how successful you’ll be in medical school. 

However, regardless of whether you’re applying to US or Caribbean medical schools, MCAT scores make up a significant part of your medical school student profile, and it’s critical that you know what to expect.

What’s in the MCAT?

The MCAT covers concepts not just from the natural sciences, but also from psychology, sociology and—notably—biochemical sciences. In each section, reading comprehension and data interpretation will be critical in identifying the correct answer. The MCAT will likely take about seven-and-a-half hours to complete.

For more, take a look at a detailed breakdown of the MCAT.

When Should I Take the MCAT, and When Is the Exam Being Offered?

Keep in mind that when you take the MCAT could have an impact on which of our three start dates you'd be eligible to apply for—you can find all of that information on our upcoming MCAT test dates page.

*Institutionally reported data.