The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to help admissions committees select students who are academically prepared for medical school. In April 2015, the AAMC launched a new version of the exam and admissions committees are provided a total score and section scores. The four sections scored are:
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
All applicants (unless specified within a special program affiliation) are required to take the MCAT exam. Although UPSOM does not set a minimum grade point average or minimum MCAT scores, academic excellence is expected.
For matriculation in 2021, applicants must take the MCAT exam between January 1, 2017 and October 30, 2020. Applicants whose MCAT scores are more than three years old must retake the exam. Applicants must post their scores to their AMCAS application no later than November 30, 2020 in order to be considered in the current application cycle. The UPSOM Admissions Committee will consider the highest total score (if taken multiple times).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been in some cases delays in ability to take the MCAT. The UPSOM admissions committee has decided to review and extend interview invitations without a MCAT score for the 2021 admissions cycle. However, even though invitations will be extended without a MCAT, applicants will need to submit a MCAT score before the application moves forward in the final decision making process.
For more information about the MCAT exam, visit: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/