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Medical College Admissions Test

The MCAT is a test to help admission committees predict how successful their applicants will be in medical school. In addition, the MCAT can be used to help applicants who are not accepted to medical school determine the academic areas in which they may need further study. The extent to which test results are used in admission decisions varies from one medical school to another.

The MCAT assesses mastery of basic concepts in biology, chemistry (general and organic), and physics; facility with scientific problem solving and critical thinking; and writing skills. The skills and concepts tested by the MCAT are those identified by physicians and medical educators as prerequisite for the practice of medicine. Medical school faculty hope that testing for these skills on the MCAT will encourage undergraduates with broad educational backgrounds to consider careers in the health professions and will stimulate premedical students to investigate a wide variety of course offerings outside the natural sciences.

The MCAT Fee Reduction Program is provided by the AAMC to aid individuals with extreme financial limitations whose inability to pay the full MCAT registration fee would prohibit registration for the Exam.

A student manual that contains a detailed description of test question content and format, three complete practice tests, and a video tape are available through AAMC.  Study books by various publishers are available in bookstores and libraries.


Academic advising may be obtained on campus from:

Pre-Professional Advising Office
University of Utah
Building 44, Room 206

Phone:  801-581-5744


Last Updated: 10/25/22