Medical college admission test (MCAT) Details

Name of Entrance Exam

Medical College Admission Test

Category of Exam

Exam for Study Abroad

About Exam

Medical schools in the USA, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean Islands use the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for admission. Candidates interested to pursue a MD degree in the US or Canada are required to take the standardised MCAT 2018. The test aims to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge, understanding of scientific concepts and principles pursuing education in medicine. Accepted by the health professionals and the graduate schools as an important aspect of the selection process, MCAT is conducted by Association of American Medical colleges (AAMC). The computer-based test, MCAT 2018, evaluates aspirants on four criteria; Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills. MCAT is being conducted 23 times throughout 2018, with no test dates scheduled in February.


Candidates aspiring to pursue a career in medicine or related field (health professional) can take the MCAT 2018. The courses which are offered by the health professional institutions and need an MCAT 2018 score for admission are:



Podiatric and

Veterinary medicine

Aspirants from countries other than USA and Canada, who have completed or are pursuing their MBBS degrees, are not required to obtain any special permission to register and appear for MCAT 2018.

The degrees offered by the US medical schools are MD degrees. Candidates are, therefore, required to possess an undergraduate degree before they apply to the course. Before they can apply to the medical schools of USA, Aspirants are normally required to have completed the following courses:

Biology – One year

Physics – One year

English – One year

Chemistry (through organic chemistry) – Two years

Exam pattern and syllabus

The syllabus of MCAT 2018 covers the following four areas:

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

It is expected that the candidates are proficient in biological concepts, organic and inorganic chemistry, Physics. Aspirants are also required to showcase their critical reasoning ability.

Exam fees


Gold Zone

Silver Zone

Bronze Zone


29 days before the exam

15 days before the exam

8 days before the exam

Initial registration




Reschedule fee of MCAT 2017*






No Cancellation/ refund

No Cancellation/ refund

International Fee of MCAT 2017**




*Reschedule fee of MCAT 2018 for both date and test center

**These fees are in addition to the initial MCAT 2018 registration fee and are non-refundable upon registration cancellation.

Official Website & Contact Details:

Association of American Medical Colleges

Medical College Admission Test