MCAT 2017: Questions and Answers

MCAT 2017

Jack's FAQ on MCAT 2017

This is a guide on the MCAT 2017 exam season. In 2015, the AAMC significantly changed format and the content that the MCAT examines. The change wasn’t really drastic. What is less known: real updates happen every single year. The updates to MCAT 2017 exam will be based on data from previous years.

The MCAT has become a more passage-based exam. This trend is expected to continue into the MCAT 2017. Doctors need to think on their feet, reason, and analyze material that may seem novel and difficult.  They need to think and reason through material they may not be familiar with. This is why passages are so important.

MCAT 2017 Overview

 

 

MCAT 2017

Section Questions Minutes
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 59 95
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 59 95
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 53 90
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior 59 95
Total 230 375


How many hours does the MCAT take?

Total Content Time: 6 hours and 15 minutes

Total “Seated” Time:  7 hours and 33 minutes

 

MCAT Scores

The highest overall score on the MCAT 2017 is 528 and the lowest overall score is 472.

The overall score is sum of the 4 section scores. Each section score ranges from 118 to 132.

 

Is the MCAT all multiple choice?

Yes, the exam is entirely multiple choice.

 

What time does the MCAT start?

All exams start at 8:00 am in the local timezone.

 

Quick Facts on MCAT CARS

CARS Number of Passages CARS Number of Questions MCAT CARS Time MCAT CARS time per passage
9 53. Every question will be based on a passage. 90 minutes 10 minutes

 

What is the Content of the Passages in the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Section(CARS)?

Humanities Social Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Ethics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Popular Culture
  • Religion Theater
  • Studies of Diverse Cultures
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Population Health
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Studies of Diverse Cultures

 

Quick Facts on MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

MCAT Biological Sciences Number Of Questions MCAT Biological Sciences time
59 95 minutes

 

Quick Facts on MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

MCAT Chemical and Physical Sciences Number Of Questions MCAT Chemical and Physical time
59 95 minutes

 

Quick Facts on MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations Number Of Questions MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations time
59 95 minutes

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