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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

2021 Admissions Cycle

In this time of uncertainty, we realize that many of you may need to reschedule your MCAT exams, adjust your course plan, and/or cancel clinical experiences. Some of you or your loved ones will be personally affected by this global pandemic. Our Admissions Committee assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation. We will accept pass/fail courses, as well as, online courses, toward our course requirements. In addition, we will accept all MCAT scores for the 2020-21 application cycle from all possible test dates through December 2020.

All candidates are required to sit for the Medical College Admissions Test.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 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.

Last Published: Jun 5, 2020