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Medical College Admissions 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.


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

Applicants must take the MCAT to be considered for admission to RUSM. The average MCAT of students RUSM 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 RUSM 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 RUSM 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 RUSM 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.


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.

MCAT Resources

  • Khan Academy

    All content in this collection has been created under the direction of the Khan Academy and has been reviewed under the direction of the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges).

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  • AAMC

    Prepare for the MCAT exam with official test prep resources written by the test developers at the AAMC.

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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.

How Is the MCAT Scored?

Below you’ll find the approximate length of each of the MCAT exam’s four sections, plus the number of questions you’ll need to answer and the academic disciplines each section focuses on. Each MCAT section will be scored using a 118 to 132 range, with a median score of 125. You'll receive a score for each section, plus an overall score. Total scores will be centered at 500, with ranges from 472 to 528.  


MCAT Psychology Section Breakdown

According to the AAMC, future physicians will need to have a keen understanding of how sociocultural and behavioral factors impact a patient’s health. The Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior portion of the exam tests your understanding of how concepts in psychology, sociology, and biology apply to the sociocultural and behavioral aspects of human health. You will also need to demonstrate your ability to use research methods and statistics.

  • Number of MCAT questions: 59
  • Time: 95 minutes
  • Types of questions: Passage-based and discrete

Academic disciplines that may be drawn from:

  • Introductory psychology: 65%
  • Introductory sociology: 30%
  • Introductory biology: 5%


MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section Review

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section will require no specific content knowledge. Here, you’ll be tasked with reading passages and answering questions to demonstrate critical thinking abilities. Complex, thought-provoking passages will be excerpted from books, journals, and magazines representing a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including concepts from cultural studies, population health, ethics, and philosophy. 

  • Number of MCAT questions: 53
  • Time: 90 minutes:
  • Types of questions: Passage-based

Academic disciplines that may be drawn from:

  • Humanities, 50% (may include art, dance, ethics, literature, music, philosophy, popular culture, religion, theater, studies of diverse cultures)
  • Social Sciences, 50% (may include anthropology, archaeology, economics, education, geography, history, linguistics, political science, population health, psychology, sociology, studies of diverse cultures)


MCAT Biological Sciences Breakdown

In the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section, the MCAT will assess your grasp of fundamental concepts that govern processes unique to living organisms; such processes include growing, reproducing, responding, metabolizing, and adapting. Here, you’ll be tasked with showing that you understand how cells and organ systems accomplish these processes—but more than that, you’ll need to be able to show you can reason about these processes, too.

  • Number of MCAT questions: 59
  • Time: 95 minutes
  • Types of questions: Passage-based and discrete

Academic disciplines that may be drawn from:

  • First-semester biochemistry, 25%
  • Introductory biology, 65%
  • General chemistry, 5%
  • Organic chemistry, 5%


MCAT Physical Sciences Format

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section tests your understanding of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of human tissues, organs, and organ systems. You’ll be challenged to demonstrate your understanding of the basic chemical and physical principles that underlie the mechanisms operating in the human body—plus, as with the section above, you’ll need to show that you can reason about and apply your understanding of these principles to living systems.

  • Number of MCAT questions: 59
  • Time: 95 minutes
  • Types of questions: Passage-based and discrete

Academic disciplines that may be drawn from:

  • First-semester biochemistry: 25%
  • Introductory biology: 5%
  • General chemistry: 30%
  • Organic chemistry: 15%
  • Introductory physics: 25%


Don’t forget: Ross University School of Medicine looks at your MCAT score very closely when we’re considering your candidacy for our program. It’s a very important part of your student profile—but it’s not the only part. Learn more about our other admissions requirements.

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