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How QUPI Helps You Pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

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If you’re planning to become a medical student, chances are, you will have to pass some sort of examination that assesses your skills and knowledge. For students in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands, such an exam is known as the MCAT – the Medical College Admission Test. Getting a good MCAT score is crucial if you’re planning on attending a renowned medical school. With this short guide, we hope to help you prepare for this important exam.

What to expect on the MCAT exam?

“How to prepare for the MCAT exam” is one of the most commonly asked questions by those who aspire to become a doctor in their futures. While the exam can be difficult and will surely require tons of dedication and studying, it is by no means the most difficult assessment you will face during your college education – in fact, it is one of the easiest, as at this point you are just starting your medical adventure.

The Medical College Admission Test is a computer-based exam since 2007 and it will take you 7.5 hours to finish. The total number of points you can get on the exam changes from year to year, but always remains between 472 and 528. The exam is split into four sections:

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

Depending on the medical college you will be applying to, the score from the MCAT exam will stay viable for up to 3 years, so make sure you apply to a medical school of your choice during that time, or else you will have to retake the exam! The exam can also be taken a maximum of three times a year, a maximum of four times in two years’ time, and a maximum of seven times in total. Your seventh attempt (although let’s hope you won’t need as many!) will be the final one you will ever be able to take.

What questions can I face on each of the MCAT sections?

The first three sections (Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior) will all have 59 multiple-choice questions, each section taking 95 minutes to complete.

During the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section, you can expect questions concerning the knowledge of basic biology, as well as both organic and inorganic chemistry and biochemistry – all of which should be clear to you after high school. The second section, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, deals with the basics of biochemistry, but also biology and physics. You can also expect some additional chemistry questions. The third one, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, deals with psychology and sociology, as well as their relations to biology.

The last section, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, looks a bit different than the other sections. You will face 53 multiple-choice questions, and you will have 90 minutes to finish them. In this section, you will find tasks that test your reading comprehension. You will have to read through multiple passages from a range of publications, most relating to humanities or social sciences.

Prepare for the MCAT with QUPI

If you’re struggling with your repetition for the MCAT exam, QUPI can be of great help. QUPI is an extensive bank of medical questions, with over 10,000 questions available for medical students from all over the world. With QUPI, you can quickly create personalized quizzes, with questions based on the specific exam you will be studying for.

With QUPI, you can select the appropriate difficulty level and subject matter for the MCAT exam, gaining access to questions specifically prepared for such an exam. Practising with QUPI is fun, easy, and simple – and it increases your studying efficiency and information retention by a considerable margin. Give QUPI a try today with a Free 7 Day Trial and experience high-quality studying yourself!

To see for yourself how we can help you pass the MCAT and get into medical school, take QUPI for a free spin today:

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