If you are planning to apply for medical school and start your medical education in 2016, this is the exam you will need to take to secure a spot in your dream medical school. Whether you are already in college or in your senior year of high-school, you should pay extra attention to the new MCAT requirements and the format of the new MCAT. As you consider the courses that you will take in order to complete all your prerequisites for medical school, you should also think about the classes that will help you prepare for the new MCAT, also known as MCAT 2015.

The New MCAT Test

The new MCAT exam is going to include the following sections:

1. Biological and biochemical Foundation of living systems – 67 questions, 95 minutes approximately. In this section you will be asked to show your understanding of biological and biochemical sciences, as well as your reasoning, researching, and statistics skills.

2. Chemical and Physical Foundation of Biological Systems – 67 questions, 95 minutes To complete this section of the MCAT, you will need to exhibit your understanding of the physical, mechanical and biochemical function of tissues, organs, and organ systems.

3. Psychological, Social and Biological Foundation of Behavior – 67 questions, 95 minutes This new part of the MCAT is focused on understanding the sociocultural and behavioral factors that impact medicine and health services. These new MCAT questions will focus on how culture, economic circumstances and psychology impact patients, their symptoms and how they react to health professionals.

4. Critical Analysis and reasoning Skills – 60 questions, 90 minutes This new part of the MCAT that will be known as CARS, is one that is likely to cause the most anxiety for pre-med students. This section will be a very complex reading comprehension text, that will ask you to understand the content, extrapolate ideas from the text, and integrate ideas from the text with new facts or ideas. The passage of the text can come from a variety of disciplines across humanities such as Architecture, Art, Dance, Ethics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Religion, Theater; and social science, such as Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Population Health, Psychology, and Sociology.

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