Preparing for the MCAT2015®

The following information (taken directly from the AAMC/MCAT15 website) is intended for Northeastern students and alums who are planning to matriculate to schools of allopathic (MD), osteopathic (DO), or podiatric (DPM) medicine in 2016 or later.

The new MCAT exam is scheduled to be introduced in Spring, 2015

The MCAT2015 has four test sections:
1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems,
2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems,
3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and
4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Below is a summary of the four test sections of MCAT2015:

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

This test section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

Understanding the processes unique to living organisms, such as growing and reproducing, maintaining a constant internal environment, acquiring materials and energy, sensing and responding to environmental changes, and adapting is important to the study of medicine. You will be tested on your knowledge of how cells and organ systems within an organism act both independently and in concert to accomplish these processes, as well as your ability to reason about these processes at various levels of biological organization within a living system.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate a readiness for medical school.

Understanding the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of human tissues, organs, and organ systems is important to the study of medicine. You will be tested on your knowledge of the basic chemical and physical principles that underlie the mechanisms operating in the human body, and your ability to apply an understanding of these general principles to living systems.

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

This section assesses your knowledge and use of the concepts in psychology, sociology, biology, research methods, and statistics that provide a solid foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health and healthcare.

Understanding the psychological and socio-cultural determinants of health is important to the study of medicine. You will be tested on your knowledge of the ways in which psychological, social, and biological factors influence perceptions and reactions to the world; behavior and behavior change; what people think about themselves and others; the cultural and social differences that influence well-being; and the relationships between social stratification, access to resources, and well-being.

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

This section tests your reasoning skills by asking you to critically analyze information from the reading passages. Topics of the passages will be wide-ranging and based in the social sciences and humanities disciplines. Specific knowledge of these disciplines is not required for this section; all of the information you will need appears in the passages provided. Among the areas from which content is drawn are ethics and philosophy, cross-cultural studies, and population health.

CLICK HERE to download Preview Guide for the MCAT 2015, 2nd edition (September,2012) in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download Resources for the 2015 MCAT in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to visit Khan Academy’s MCAT Resources Website.

Need more information? Visit the AAMC/MCAT2015 Website and the AAMC Resource Round Up

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