Students who apply to medical school in the future may face a different MCAT

Individuals who are considering medical school in the future may need to take an updated version of the MCAT.
Individuals who are considering medical school in the future may need to take an updated version of the MCAT.

The Association of American Medical College has plans to change its Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which may affect students who wish to attend a medical school in the future.

According to the Princeton Review, taking the MCAT is required to attend most medical schools. This exam is computer-based and lasts over five hours. Students are currently tested on their knowledge of physical and biological sciences, verbal reasoning and writing.

Officials from the association said that one of the changes they hope to make is an update of the exam's two natural science sections. They want this portion to better reflect modern science and to allow students to show their thought process and research skills.

The association is also considering adding a new section on behavioral and social sciences as more medical students are now expected to know about social issues and how they relate to medicine. This new section would give students an additional 90 minutes to finish their test.

It is also possible that future MCAT-takers will not have to complete the writing portion.

If these changes are approved, the association said they will be implemented in 2015.

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