MCAT Syllabus 2021: Detailed Exam Pattern, Questions and Allotted Time, Marking Scheme, Section-wise MCAT Syllabus

MCAT Syllabus 2021: Candidates who applied for MCAT should know the MCAT Syllabus 2021 in order to score better. MCAT® 2021 is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). MCAT® is an international level entrance exam conducted to offer admission into medical schools in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. Get more information about MCAT Syllabus 2021, Detailed Exam Pattern, Questions and Allotted Time, Marking Scheme, Section-wise details and other updates in this article.

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MCAT Syllabus 2021: Detailed Exam Pattern, Questions and Allotted Time, Marking Scheme, Section-wise MCAT Syllabus

MCAT Syllabus 2021: Detailed Exam Pattern, Questions and Allotted Time, Marking Scheme, Section-wise MCAT Syllabus

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Detailed MCAT Syllabus 2021 Available

MCAT Syllabus 2021: Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) using technology by Pearson VUE. Candidates who are seeking a medical degree at a health professional institute are required to apply for MCAT. MCAT is conducted to provide admission to medical schools in countries like the United States, Australia, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. It is essential for the candidates to check the MCAT Syllabus 2021 before appearing for the exam. MCAT is conducted 15-20 times a year across 21 countries. MCAT Syllabus 2021 has been designed to cover the first-semester undergraduate courses in a variety of sections. The test will evaluate critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge of natural, behavioural, and social science concepts and principles of a candidate that are required for the study of medicine. MCAT 2021 is a standardised objective type computer-based exam. Candidates can find the MCAT Syllabus 2021 below.

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MCAT 2021 Exam Highlights

Particulars

Details

Exam Name

MCAT 2021

Full form

Medical College Admission Test

Organizing body

Association of American Medical College (AAMC)

Official website

students-residents.aamc.org

Exam level 

International 

Question type

Multiple type questions (MCQs)

Mode of Exam

Online (Computer-based)

Average Score

500 total, 125 in each section

Max Score

528

Exam duration

7 hours 30 minutes

Sections

  • Physical Sciences

  • CARS

  • Biological Sciences

  • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior


MCAT 2021 Key Dates

MCAT 2021 Test Dates (In USA)

Score Release Date

January 15, 2021

February 2, 2021

January 16, 2021

February 2, 2021

January 21, 2021

February 9, 2021

January 25, 2021

February 9, 2021

March 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

March 26, 2021

April 27, 2021

April 10, 2021

May 11, 2021

April 23, 2021

May 25, 2021

April 30, 2021

June 1, 2021

May 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

May 14, 2021

June 15, 2021

May 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

May 20, 2021

June 22, 2021

May 28, 2021

June 29, 2021

June 4, 2021

July 7, 2021

June 18, 2021

July 20, 2021

June 19, 2021

July 20, 2021

June 26, 2021

July 27, 2021

June 30, 2021

August 3, 2021

Section-wise MCAT Syllabus 2021

The MCAT exam is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges. MCAT is conducted online. The duration of the MCAT exam is 6 hours 15 minutes and the total seated time is 7 hours and 30 minutes. As per the MCAT Syllabus 2021, there are four main test sections in the MCAT Entrance Test. All four sections are scored in the range of 118-132. Candidates can get a total score of 472–528. There will be no negative marking for guessing answers in the MCAT exam or for wrong answers. The MCAT 2021 scores will include a section score and a percentile score. The percentile ranks and the section scores of the recent three years will be updated from 2021 onwards. The four sections will cover a total of 472 to 528 marks. There are four sections are listed below:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour

MCAT Syllabus 2021

Sections

MCAT Subject Topics

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

  • Studies of diverse cultures, Ethics, Philosophy, population health, social sciences and humanities disciplines

  • Test comprehension, analysis and reasoning skills;

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

  • Introductory biology

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

  • Chemistry concepts: organic, and inorganic;

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

  • Basic Biochemistry concepts: first-semester biochemistry

  • Statistics concepts and introductory research methods;

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour

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

  • Concepts of psychology, sociology, and biology about the behavioral and socio-cultural health determinants;

  • Biology concepts of mental processes and behaviour

  • Concepts of psychology and sociology; and

  • Introductory statistics concepts and research methods of introductory science

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

  • First semester biochemistry concepts

  • Introductory biology, chemistry: organic and inorganic and concepts of physics

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

  • First semester molecular biology

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

Section-wise MCAT Syllabus 2021 Details

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: In this section, the candidate’s knowledge in physics and chemistry will be tested. The candidate’s knowledge of introductory courses taught during the first-semester in biology, organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry will be assessed. A substantial number of the questions are asked from descriptive passages with multiple-questions from each passage. Some questions in this section will not be passage-based and are independent. A total of 59 questions will be asked from this section.

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: This section will have questions from Basic Biology and organic chemistry. It aims to test basic knowledge of molecular biology, biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry. A total of 59 questions will be asked. There will be seven passages with four to seven questions each. The biology section will focus on concepts and information related to the life processes of organisms.

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour: This section has been designed to test a candidate’s understanding of sociological, psychological, and biological concepts. Students should have knowledge about basic statistical concepts.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: This section tests students’ reasoning and verbal ability. This section will have questions similar to a verbal reasoning test. Candidates are expected to read to analyse passages from a wide range of disciplines like social sciences and humanities.

MCAT Exam Pattern 2021

Section

Number of Questions

Duration

Questions

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

59

95

10 passage-based sets of questions

4–6 questions per set

15 independent questions

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

59

95

10 passage-based sets of questions

4–6 questions per set

15 independent questions

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

59

95

10 passage-based sets of questions

4–6 questions per set

15 independent questions

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)

53

90

9 passages

5–7 questions per passage

Exam Duration of MCAT 2021

Section

Number of Questions

Time Allotted

Test-Day Certification

 

4 minutes

Tutorial (optional)

 

10 minutes

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

59

95 minutes

Break (optional)

 

10 minutes

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

53

90 minutes

Mid-Exam Break (optional)

 

30 minutes

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

59

95 minutes

Break (optional)

 

10 minutes

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

59

95 minutes

Void Question

 

3 minutes

Satisfaction Survey

 

5 minutes

Total-Content Time

 

6 hours 15 minutes

Total Seated Time (Approx.)

 

7 hours 30 minutes

MCAT Scores

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

472–528

500

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Syllabus 2021 - FAQ

1. Who conducts MCAT 2021?

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) using technology by Pearson VUE.

2. What is MCAT 2021?

Candidates who are seeking a medical degree at a health professional institute are required to apply for MCAT. MCAT is conducted 15-20 times a year across 21 countries. MCAT is conducted to provide admission to medical schools in countries like the United States, Australia, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.

3. What are the sections in MCAT 2021?
  • Physical Sciences
  • CARS
  • Biological Sciences
  • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
4. Is there a negative marking in MCAT 2021?

No, there is no negative marking in MCAT 2021 for guessing answers in the MCAT exam or for wrong answers.

5. What is the official website of AAMC for registration?

Candidates can visit and register for MCAT 2021 @ students-residents.aamc.org.

6. What is the Exam Duration of MCAT 2021?

The Exam Duration of MCAT 2021 is 7 hours 30 minutes.

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