MCAT Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to MCAT frequently asked questions.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a prerequisite for admission to nearly all the medical schools in North America. Each year, over 80,000 applicants to American and Canadian medical schools submit MCAT test results. While the actual weight given to MCAT scores in the admission process varies from school to school, they are often regarded in a similar manner to your college/university GPA (i.e. your academic standing). For example, when applying for medicine at some medical schools, the MCAT score is as important as three or four years of undergraduate study! On the other hand, some universities will set a minimum level of performance on the MCAT and then analyze school grades to decide who will be invited to the interviews. Either way, doing well is imperative for most applicants. To register for the MCAT, you should consult your undergraduate/premed adviser, register online and/or contact:

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The MCAT will not only test your scientific knowledge in Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, but it will also test your problem-solving and critical thinking skills and grasp of the interplay between Psychology, Sociology and Biology with the context being basic research methods. All questions are multiple choice with four choices per question. To view the complete topics that are covered in the MCAT, click here: MCAT Topics List

The MCAT changed in 1991 and then some minor changes were further instituted in 2003. In 2007, the MCAT became shorter and changed to a Computer Based Test (CBT). The MCAT has changed again in the spring of 2015.

Here is a summary of the changes that have existed since 2007:

  • The old MCAT was shorter (approximately 5 hours vs. the previous testing time of 8 hours) because there were only 3 sections. Students received their test scores more quickly.
  • The new MCAT takes 7 hours and 30 minutes to finish because students will have to answer four sections, namely (1) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, (2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, (3) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems and (4) Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. For more information about the new exam, click here: MCAT.

For more information and a detailed schedule of the current MCAT, click here: MCAT.

The new MCAT is scored for each of the four sections individually. Each section will receive a scaled score from a low of 118 to a high of 132 with a midpoint of 125. Then, these four scores will be combined to create a total score that will range from 472 to 528, with a midpoint of 500. Note that wrong answers are worth the same as unanswered questions so ALWAYS ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS even if you are not sure of certain answers.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, you may take the exam up to 3 times in a single testing year, 4 times during a two consecutive-year period and 7 times in a lifetime. Subsequently, the medical school to which you would apply may do any one of the following:

  • Evaluate the most recent score
  • Evaluate only the highest individual and/or set of scores
  • Evaluate an average of the sets of scores
  • Consider all scores equally and note the improvements.

Every student is different, but on average the recommended study time for students is 3-6 hours/day for 3-6 months. For the recommended MCAT study schedule, click here: MCAT Study Schedule. It may be more or less depending on your past study experience and habits. We have many free resources you can access to help with your preparation:

Unfortunately, we do not provide medical school application information. You must directly contact the medical school that interests you or go to the AAMC website. You may also visit our MCAT Scores page. We are an MCAT preparation company.

Please visit MCAT Scoring for more information on your chances of entering medical school.

You can register for the MCAT online through the AAMC website. It is important to register early so that you can select your first-choice time, location and date. offers a program that is unprecedented in its completeness. As long as you have completed a first year college education including basic sciences and at least one course requiring English reading/writing, we can offer you a complete program. The expression "The Only Prep You Need" specifically refers to students who dedicate themselves to MCAT exam preparation by registering and fully participating in our Platinum Program. This program consists of MCAT books, e-books, MP3s, full-length practice tests, MCAT CARS tests, online videos and monthly webinars.

We generally recommend that students complete at least 3 of the 4 basic sciences in university, college/CEGEP, advanced high-school courses and speed reading courses if necessary. Depending on their knowledge or experience, some students may begin our courses weeks, months or even years prior to the anticipated time for the actual MCAT. Bear in mind, our program does not just review the information. teaches the information you need to know to excel at the MCAT. For more information, visit our MCAT advice blog:

Depending on the product purchased, the online access ranges from 6 months to 12 months. Please refer to the appropriate product on our website for more details.

The content and structure of the MCAT changed in 1991. In 2003, the new MCAT changed a bit in structure but essentially continued to have the same content as all of the MCAT exams since 1991. All paper exams including actual past exams (which you receive in our Platinum Program) require the same knowledge, though the structure is slightly different as compared to the current exam. We made extensive content changes in 2011. All our online exams and tests reflect the new format in content, structure and scoring. We have updated our content for the new MCAT. Please visit MCAT for more information on this topic.

Course extensions are usually purchased in blocks of 6 months at half the regular course fee. Course extensions for The Platinum Program are at the reduced rate of $699. Students who wish to have extensions receive full online access and privileges, but they do not receive a second set of tangible course materials.

No. All course materials including online access are exclusively for our registered students and are non-refundable. Registering under a different IP address can result in permanent account deletion according to our Terms of Use.

We believe that we are the best at teaching and preparing for the MCAT exam. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your results, you can repeat the course once for an administrative fee. Of course, you will not receive a second set of course materials. Course refunds are not possible.

A free initial access to includes 1 practice test (78 questions, approx. 1/3 length) and 1 hour of free videos. You can sign up here: Free MCAT Practice Test.

Other useful study tools include the following:

Yes, sign up at Free MCAT Practice Test to try the test.

The 8 Gold Standard MCAT Practice Tests are Computer Based Tests (CBTs) and all multiple-choice sections are instantly corrected after you submit the test. All attempts are saved in your History section so you can review answers and explanations whenever you want.

Our GS (Gold Standard) tests are simulated practice exams based on the same format as the AAMC tests (proper timing, number of questions, CBT, on screen highlighter, strikeout function, etc.). Most students tend to find that the GS tests are somewhat more difficult.

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The tests on are from the AAMC, and our website does not sell these tests. The 7 GS (Gold Standard) tests are simulated practice exams based on the same format as the AAMC tests. Our practice tests mirror features of the AAMC tests, such as proper timing, number of questions, on-screen highlighters and strikeout function. The consensus amongst students is that they tend to find the GS MCAT practice tests somewhat more difficult than the official past AAMC exams.

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The key elements of the MCAT University are the following:

  • e-Books covering MCAT Psychology, Sociology, MCAT Math, Physics, General and Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology
  • 60 hours of online videos including science review and chapter commentary videos
  • 4 full-length MCAT practice tests
  • 5 MCAT CARS tests
  • MCAT University has 4 MCAT practice tests, while the Crash Course has 2 practice tests. If you have the Crash Course and would like to add individual tests separately, it will cost you $20/test.
  • With MCAT University, you have access to additional 5 full-length MCAT CARS tests with content different from the 4 MCAT practice tests.

No. Our MCAT CARS exams are different from the CARS section of our full-length MCAT exams GS-1 to GS-7.

  • Gold Standard Complete Home Study MCAT Course includes the Gold Standard MCAT textbook, AAMC Guide to the MCAT Exam, Examkrackers book, e-books, apps, MP3s, practice tests, flashcards, Medical School Interview DVD and access to our 60-hour science review video library. All new MCAT topics are reviewed from science to non-science.
  • Platinum Package that includes everything in the Home Study MCAT Package plus 2 more full-length MCAT practice tests, AAMC Official Sample Test, webinars and MCAT score guarantee.

No, the Platinum Package includes all of the tangible and online products we provide.

No. The Platinum Program is currently provided to students with a 35% discount which is more than equivalent to receiving all the course materials for free. Thus, the same course materials come as a package for all our students.

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Approximately 20% are passage based and most chapters have a passage based unit. Although 80% of the questions are discrete, most of our discrete practice questions require reasoning skills. For more information about the new MCAT biology and Biochemistry book, click this link: Gold Standard New MCAT Biology and Biochemistry Book.

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We apologize for the misunderstanding. It is indicated on our website that all of our online programs are monthly subscriptions. Our aim is to provide the service while allowing you to sign up for a limited duration of your choice, hence providing you the freedom to cancel at anytime. Moreover, when the MCAT University program was purchased, you should have been redirected to a PayPal page to create a subscription/recurring payment. Additionally, monthly PayPal notifications are also sent to the email address associated with the subscription.

As per our Terms of Use, we do not refund any of our online products and hence, we are unable to refund your payment. Please note that the AAMC has similar policies regarding refunds.

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A brand new book comes with online access code to 6 months of free online access to additional practice questions with helpful solutions. Please enter your access information here. If your access has expired or if you have purchased a second-hand Gold Standard textbook, you can purchase The Gold Standard Owners Access for a one-time fee of $39.95 USD for 12 months.

Once you are logged in as a Gold Standard MCAT BIO Owner, click on Account on the top Menu and it will show the products you are registered for. As an Owner, you have 6 months access to Biology and Biochemistry lessons, extra practice questions and 2 hour access to our online science video library.

You need to register for The Gold Standard Owners Access. The chapter review questions can be found under the Lessons tab of your account.

Once you own an MCAT Home Study Package, you automatically gain access to Lessons and Practice Tests.

You can find free science review videos at MCAT Videos. You can also sign-up for a free account on our website to access 1 hour of free videos of your choice.

You can upload our videos onto your iPod. An email is sent to you with all the necessary information once you purchase access to the online videos.

Yes, you can purchase online access to the videos you would like to watch. You can make your purchase by visiting MCAT Videos. Click on the subject you want and purchase the video(s) you need. It will cost you from $3/video for 4-month access.

No, online access unfortunately does not generally work that way. This policy is explained further in our Terms of Use.

No, online access unfortunately does not generally work that way. You are paying to have access for a specific time period. Whether you used it frequently or not at all during your access period does not change the rate of payment. This policy is explained further in our Terms of Use.

In your member profile, click on the Account Tab and you will see the registered since date and below that you will see the Access Expiration date.

Yes, you may extend your access to the MCAT exams even after your access period has expired. For information on extensions, login into your profile and click on the Account tab in the top menu. Then click Extensions. Extensions period are for 1, 3, 6 months or 1 year.

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Once the account has expired, it reverts to a free account and the History section will only reflect the results for the free GS-Free test. However, we do keep all the practice test results in our servers so if you renew or extend your access, the History will be fully reinstated automatically.

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