MCAT 2020: USA Medical College Admission Test

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MCAT 2020: Medical College Admission Test is used by Medical schools in the USA, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean Islands for admission. Candidates interested in pursuing an MD degree in the US or Canada are required to take the standardized MCAT 2020. The test evaluates the candidate’s knowledge, understanding of scientific concepts and principles for those pursuing an education in medicine. MCAT is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is accepted by the health professionals and the graduate schools as an important aspect of the selection process.

The computer-based test, MCAT 2020 is a computer-based test which evaluates aspirants on four criteria; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. MCAT is being conducted 23 times throughout 2020, with no test dates scheduled in February.

MCAT Exam Dates 2020

The important dates regarding the MCAT 2020 Exam are given in the table:

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Exam Dates Result Declaration
18 January 2020 20 February 2020
19 January 2020 20 February 2020
24 January 2020 26 February 2020
15 March 2020 16 April 2020
29 March 2020 30 April 2020
05 April 2020 07 May 2020
06 April 2020 07 May 2020
13 April 2020 14 May 2020
11 May 2020 11 June 2020
18 May 2020 18 June 2020
23 May 2020 25 June 2020
24 May 2020 25 June 2020
31 May 2020 02 July 2020
01 June 2020 02 July 2020
15 June 2020 16 July 2020
28 June 2020 30 July 2020
29 June 2020 30 July 2020
10 July 2020 13 August 2020
13 July 2020 13 August 2020
19 July 2020 20 August 2020
20 July 2020 20 August 2020
02 August 2020 04 September 2020
03 August 2020 04 September 2020
09 August 2020 10 September 2020
17 August 2020 17 September 2020
30 August 2020 01 October 2020
31 August 2020 01 October 2020
06 September 2020 08 October 2020
13 September 2020 15 October 2020
14 September 2020 15 October 2020

MCAT Registration 2020

The details regarding the MCAT 2020 Application form are given below:

  • The registration for MCAT 2020 will be started online.
  • The process begins when the candidate creates an AAMC account.
  • An AAMC account can be created by filling the candidate’s personal details like email, full name, and gender.
  • After that, the aspirant may next sign in to their accounts using the User ID and password.
  • The same login credentials can also be used to maintain the MCAT account for any other important correspondence or getting MCAT related information from AAMC.
  • After submitting the online registration form, the candidate will receive an email confirmation which will give the complete details of the exam.
  • Aspirants are advised to register for MCAT 2020 at least 60 days before to the chosen exam date.

MCAT REGISTRATION FEES

The details regarding the application fee are given in the table below:

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Gold Zone Silver Zone Bronze Zone
29 days before the exam 15 days before the exam 8 days before the exam
Initial registration $315 $315 $370
Reschedule fee of MCAT 2020* $90 $150 N/A
Cancellation/Refund $155 No Cancellation/ refund No Cancellation/ refund
International Fee of MCAT 2020** $105 $105 $105
*Reschedule fee of MCAT 2020 for both date and test centre
**These fees are in addition to the initial MCAT 2020 registration fee and are non-refundable upon registration cancellation.

MCAT REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The complete MCAT deadline schedule is given in the table below:

MCAT 2020 Date Gold Zone Deadline* Silver Zone Deadline** Bronze Zone Deadline*** Score Release+
18 January 20 December 2019 03 January 2020 10 January 2020 20 February 2020
19 January 21 December 2019 04 January 2020 11 January 2020 20 February 2020
24 January 26 December 2019 09 January 2020 16 January 2020 26 February 2020
15 March 14 February 2020 28 February 2020 07 March 2020 16 April 2020
29 March 28 February 2020 14 March 2020 21 March 2020 01 May 2020
05 April 07 March 2020 21 March 2020 28 March 2020 07 May 2020
06 April 08 March 2020 22 March 2020 29 March 2020 07 May 2020
13 April 15 March 2020 29 March 2020 05 April 2020 14 May 2020
11 May 12 April 2020 26 April 2020 03 May 2020 11 June 2020
18 May 19 April 2020 03 May 2020 10 May 2020 18 June 2020
23 May 24 April 2020 08 May 2020 15 May 2020 25 June 2020
24 May 25 April 2020 09 May 2020 16 May 2020 25 June 2020
31 May 02 May 2020 16 May 2020 23 May 2020 02 July 2020
01 June 03 May 2020 17 May 2020 24 May 2020 02 July 2020
15 June 17 May 2020 31 May 2020 07 June 2020 16 July 2020
28 June 30 May 2020 13 June 2020 20 June 2020 30 July 2020
29 June 31 May 2020 14 June 2020 21 June 2020 16 July 2020
10 July 11 June 2020 25 June 2020 02 July 2020 13 August 2020
13 July 14 June 2020 28 June 2020 05 July 2020 13 August 2020
19 July 20 June 2020 04 July 2020 11 July 2020 20 August 2020
20 July 21 June 2020 05 July 2020 12 July 2020 20 August 2020
02 August 04 July 2020 18 July 2020 25 July 2020 04 September 2020
03 August 05 July 2020 19 July 2020 26 July 2020 04 September 2020
09 August 11 July 2020 25 July 2020 01 August 2020 10 September 2020
17 August 19 July 2020 02 August 2020 09 August 2020 17 September 2020
30 August 01 August 2020 15 August 2020 22 August 2020 01 October 2020
31 August 02 August 2020 16 August 2020 23 August 2020 01 October 2020
06 September 08 August 2020 22 August 2020 29 August 2020 08 October 2020
13 September 15 Aug 2020 29 August 2020 05 September 2020 15 October 2020
14 September 16 August 2020 30 August 2020 06 September 2020 15 October 2020

*GOLD Zone deadline: The last date to register and reschedule at a lower rate and get a partial refund for canceling an exam.

**SILVER Zone deadline: Thecancellinge for initial registration without a fee hike and last date to reschedule.

***BRONZE Zone registration deadline: The last date to register (at a fee increase) and cancel a reservation.

MCAT EXAM PATTERN

The duration of MCAT 2020: 7 hours and 27 minutes.

The total actual exam time will be of 6 hours 15 minutes (approx) duration.

The computer-based test consists of the following four main sections:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

MCAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The details regarding the MCAT 2020 Exam Pattern are given below:

Sections No of Questions Duration (in mins) Break-up of questions
Test-Day Certification 4
Tutorial (optional) 10
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

 

59 95 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

Break (optional) 10
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

 

53 90 ·         9 passages

·         5–7 questions per passage

Mid-Exam Break (optional) 30
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

 

59 95 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

Break (optional) 10
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

 

59 95 ·         10 passage-based sets of questions

·         4–6 questions per set

·         15 independent questions

Void Question 3
Satisfaction Survey (optional) 5
Total Content Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Total “Seated” Time* 7 hours 27 minutes (Approx)

MCAT 2020 Syllabus – Section wise

There are four main test sections of MCAT syllabus 2020. The four sections are listed below:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

It is expected that the candidates are proficient in biological concepts, organic and inorganic chemistry, Physics. Aspirants are also required to showcase their critical reasoning ability.

MCAT Syllabus

Sections MCAT Subject Topics
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Introductory biology, Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;

Introductory biology, Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;

Basic Biochemistry concepts: first-semester biochemistry;

Biology: Cellular and molecular (first-semester biochemistry);

Statistics concepts and introductory research methods; and

Natural sciences: Scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems ·         Introductory biology, chemistry: organic and inorganic, and concepts of physics;

·         First semester biochemistry concepts;

·         First semester molecular biology;

·         Introductory statistics concepts and research methods used for introductory science courses; and

·         Show scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics skills as applied to the natural sciences.

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour ·         Concepts of psychology, sociology, and biology about the behavioural and socio-cultural health determinants;

·         Concepts of psychology and sociology;

·         Biology concepts of mental processes and behavior;

·         Introductory statistics concepts and research methods of introductory science; and

·         Social and behavioral sciences: scientific inquiry and reasoning, research methods, and statistics skills.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills ·         Test comprehension, analysis, and reasoning skills;

·         Include content from ethics, philosophy, studies of diverse cultures, population health, and a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines

MCAT 2020 EXAM CENTRES

  • MCAT 2020 is scheduled to be conducted at 18 countries which includes the USA and its territories. The exam is to be conducted in 23 days in 2020 and it has a number of exam centres from which the aspirants can choose the closest or the most convenient one.
  • Almost every country where MCAT 2020 is scheduled has approximately 1–5 MCAT 2020 test centres. The USA and Canada have more than 30 MCAT test centres in 2020. Aspirants can check the most convenient MCAT 2020 test centre before they register for MCAT. The test centres can be searched state wise (US only) or according to the country from a drop-down list.
  • Candidates should check the closest MCAT exam centre 2020 after completing the registration procedure on the official website. There are three scheduling zones for each exam date: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. For each exam date, Gold Zone scheduling fees are lower but flexibility is on the higher side. Conversely, fees are higher and flexibility is limited in the Bronze Zone.
  • Candidates should also note that all deadlines for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Zones come under a stipulated number of days prior to the exam and they take effect at 7:59 am local, MCAT 2020 exam centre time. For example, if an MCAT exam is conducted on  9 August 2020 in Los Angeles, California, then the Bronze Zone Scheduling deadline is 7:59 AM PT on 1 August 2020.
  • Candidates can only select an MCAT 2020 exam centre if only it is available on the preferred test date; otherwise one needs to change the exam centre for MCAT 2020. Candidates can either choose their MCAT exam centres 2020 through a State/Province filter or Country filter. Prospective test takers from international countries other than USA/Canada can use the country filter to view the list of MCAT 2020 exam centres. Selecting a specific country or state/province will show the list of all the MCAT 2020 exam centres available in the selected country or state.

HOW TO FIND MCAT 2020 EXAM CENTRES

Test takers need to select the country from where they intend to appear for MCAT examination. Once that is done, the list of centres in the chosen country will be shown.  Other countries might have more than one centre. Hence, the candidate may select any one of the centres depending upon the MCAT test centre 2020 availability.

MCAT SCORES 2020

MCAT 2020 scores will be marked for the four sections separately. AAMC will also declare the aggregate of all the four sections. The MCAT 2020 scores will be declared after 30-35 days of the exam date. Aspirants will get a total of 5 MCAT 2020 scores. The five scores are; one score for each section and a total score. MCAT 2020 scores will range between 472 and 528. The midpoint of the scores is 500.

MCAT 2020 Exam Fast Facts

The overview of MCAT 2020 Exam are given below:

  • Exam Name: Medical College Admission Test
  • Commonly Known as: MCAT
  • Exam Level: International
  • MCAT 2020 Conducting Body: Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Mode of Exam: Online Mode
  • Question Type: Multiple Choice Questions

MCAT ELIGIBILITY 2020

Candidates aspiring to pursue a career in medicine or related field (health professional) can take the MCAT 2020. The courses offered by different health institutions which need MCAT SCORE 2020 for Admission are as follows:

  • Allopathic
  • Osteopathic
  • Podiatric and
  • Veterinary medicine

Aspirants from countries other than USA and Canada, who have completed or are pursuing their MBBS degrees, are not required to obtain any special permission to register and appear for MCAT 2020.

The degrees offered by the US medical schools are MD degrees., Therefore candidates are required to possess an undergraduate degree before they apply for the course. Aspirants are normally required to have completed the following courses before they apply to any US Medical School

  • Biology – One year
  • Physics – One year
  • English – One year
  • Chemistry (through organic chemistry) – Two years

Score table of MCAT 2020

Section Score Midpoint
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 118-132 125
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 118-132 125
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour 118-132 125
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 118-132 125
Total 472 to 528 500

 

For more information regarding NEET 2020.

Contact Address

  • Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Medical College Admission Test
  • 2450 N St., NW
  • Washington, DC 20037
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

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