In 2015 the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will undergo a complete revision. Students who expect to take the MCAT after January 2015 should prepare for the changes that have been adopted.
Please note that the “new” MCAT will be longer (6 hours and 15 minutes vs. the current 4 hours and 20 minutes) and will test not only your understanding of science and your critical reasoning skills, but also your ability to apply basic principles of social and behavioral sciences, i.e. sociology, psychology, anthropology. We expect that most Hamilton students will be able to prepare for the added section with little inconvenience, either by taking a social science class, participating in study abroad, or in the course of electing a broad range of liberal arts courses. The revised MCAT will “test ability to analyze and reason through passages in ethics and philosophy, cross-cultural studies, population health, and a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines.” There will be four sections on the test, with a separate score for each:
The changes in the MCAT anticipate changes to the entire medical school admission process. Medical schools will continue to seek strong scientists, but admissions offices plan to conduct a “holistic review” of your application materials, giving equal attention to your academic ability, experiences and personal characteristics. The personal characteristics sought are those required to practice medicine: integrity, reliability, resilience, communication skills, desire to learn, empathy and eagerness to serve others.
Please note: if you plan to take the MCAT in 2014, the Writing Sample section will no longer be part of the exam. The revised MCAT does not include a Writing Sample.