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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.  Medical colleges consider MCAT exam scores as part of their admission process.

Scores are reported in four sections:

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

Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam scores. Many schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old. You may sit for the MCAT exam if you are preparing to apply to a health professions school. These include the following types of schools: allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric, and veterinary medicine.

The MCAT is computer-based test and is offered on a limited number of dates and times during the year. Candidates are urged to register early as seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

Upcoming Test Dates at Coastal Carolina University

August 19, 2016

August 25, 2016

September 1, 2016

September 9, 2016

For more information and to register to take the test, please click here.