Medical College Admissions Test [MCAT]

All candidates are required to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test. Opens External Link The MCAT is a fully computerized test and will be offered numerous times on a national basis. Students following a regular program should take the MCAT in the spring of their junior year [April or May]. Scores are received within thirty-days of administration. A student should complete all admissions requirements prior to taking the test. Taking it "for practice" is not recommended since the resulting scores will become a permanent part of the applicant's record. The test must be taken no later than the September test preceding the year of anticipated admission. Students are urged to apply early and prepare adequately for the test.

The College of Medicine will accept scores from MCAT's taken no longer than five (5) years prior to the year of desired matriculation. The College of Medicine Admissions Committee will consider and evaluate the old MCAT exam, as well as, the new MCAT exam.

The four [4] section scores of the new MCAT are: [1] Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; [2] Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; [3] Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior and [4] Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. The new MCAT is scored differently than the old MCAT. The range of scores for individual sections is 118-132. The range for the composite score is 472-528.

Allowing comparisons to other test-takers, [based on examinees testing in a typical year] the new MCAT will also provide a percentile rank external link icon for both the total score and section scores. The MCAT score report will also report a confidence band, which will reflect the accuracy of the section scores and the total score. The Admissions Committee will review the percentile ranks of the individual sections. Scores above the 50th percentile [in each section] will be considered more competitive.

For complete detailed information regarding the most recent MCAT averages, please visit the Profile of Admissions web page.

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College of Medicine
Office of Admissions

Medical Center Plaza
910 Madison Ave, Suite 1043
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5559
Fax: (901) 448-1740
Medicine Admissions Staff

Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs:
Nelson Strother

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, MD

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