According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the MCAT will be undergoing some changes in the coming years. First, starting in 2013, the MCAT will no longer have a Writing Sample section, and instead, “a voluntary, unscored trial section will be added starting in January 2013.” This trial section will be based on sociology, biochemistry, or psychology. With this new section, the total testing time will be the same as in 2012. Those who choose to participate, and “put forth a good faith effort,” will receive compensation.
Then, in 2015, the MCAT will be modified even more, acquiring a new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section with the goal of finding more “well-rounded” applicants. AAMC will modify the natural sciences section of the MCAT to reflect recent changes in medical education. There will also be a new behavioral and social sciences section, Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior, which “recognizes the importance of socio-cultural and behavioral determinants of health and health outcomes.”
To find out more about the new exam’s format and content, check out the Preview Guide for the MCAT2015.
Those applying to med school for the fall of 2016 will be the first students to sit for the MCAT2015. Take a look at this timeline to see if the changes pertain to you.