MCAT- Medical College Admission Tests

The Medical College Admission Test is a standardized test designed to measure the medical school applicants' knowledge of basic science concepts, i.e., physics, chemistry and biology, as well as their expertise in problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing.

MCAT: Importance

The MCAT is a significant component of the medical school admission procedure. Canadian medical schools set a minimum MCAT score standard that applicants must attain in order to be considered.

Dates and Deadlines

The MCAT exam is offered at various centers in Canada from the end of January to early September.

MCAT: No. of Attempts

An applicant can only register for one test session and can take the exam a maximum of three times a year.

Eligibility Criterion

You are eligible to sit for the MCAT exam if you are a fresh pass out of 10 2 and preparing to apply to a health professional school or have just finished with your MBBS degree. The health professional schools include the following types of schools:
  • Allopathic
  • Osteopathic
  • Podiatric
  • Veterinary Medicine


MCAT is a multiple choice exam and consists of four sections:
i. Physical Sciences
ii. Verbal Reasoning
iii. Biological Sciences
iv. Trial Section

Physical Sciences
The Physical Sciences section assesses problem-solving ability in general chemistry and physics.
The Physical Sciences section is divided as follows:
  • Total no. of questions: 52
  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • Type of questions:
    - 7 passage-based sets of questions with 4–7 questions per set
    - 13 independent questions

Verbal Reasoning
The Verbal Reasoning section assesses your ability to read, measure, and use the information and statements contained in each passage. Questions are based on the humanities, social sciences, and natural science subjects.The Verbal Reasoning section is divided as follows:

  • Total no. of questions: 40
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Type of questions:
    - 7 passages (approximately 600 words per passage) with  5–7 questions per passage     
Biological Sciences
The Biological Sciences section assesses problem-solving ability in the fields of biology and organic chemistry. The Biological Sciences section is divided as follows:
  • Total no. of questions: 52
  • Duration: 70 minutes
  • Type of questions:
    - 7 passage-based sets of questions with 4–7 questions per set
    - 13 independent questions
Trial Section
The Trial Section is a voluntary section.
  • No. of questions: 32
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Type of questions: The questions you will get are based on the answers that you provided during MCAT registration regarding the courses that you have taken.

Format at a Glance:

 Test Section  Questions  Time
 Tutorial Section    10 Minutes
 Examinee Agreement    10 Minutes
 Physical Sciences  52  70 Minutes
 Break (optional)    10 Minutes
 Verbal Reasoning  40  60 Minutes
 Break (optional)    10 Minutes
 Biological Sciences  52  70 Minutes
 Break (optional)    10 Minutes
 Void Question    5 Minutes
 Break (optional)    10 Minutes
 Trial Section (optional) 32  45 Minutes
 Satisfaction Survey (optional)  12
 10 Minutes
 Total Content Time  
 4 Hours,5 Minutes
 Total "Seat" Time    5 Hours, 10 Minutes

MCAT: Special Arrangements/ Accommodation

For Special test arrangements/ accommodation, the candidate must take permission from the MCAT office. These special sittings as a result of medical conditions or disabilities are made available only if the candidate provides the evidence to support the request.
Canadian Medical School that accepts MCAT scores
Following are the medical schools in Canada that accept MCAT scores for admission:
  • University of Alberta
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • University of British Columbia
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Ottawa
  • Dalhousie University
  • Queen's University
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • McGill University
  • University of Toronto
  • McMaster University
  • University of Western Ontario
MCAT Contact Information for Canadian Registrants
Canadian registrants can contact MCAT by email, telephone, fax, mail or online.
Telephone Customer Service Representatives Phone: (202) 828-0400 Fax: (202) 828-1125
Mail: Association of American Medical Colleges2450 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20037-1126

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