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December 4, 2013

The New 2015 MCAT: Testing Competencies

Author Affiliations
  • 1Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2013;310(21):2243-2244. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282093

In the spring of 2015, prospective medical students for the 2016 class and beyond will sit for a newly revised Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)—the most extensive redesign of the test in its 85-year history.

The venerable MCAT has been the standard for evaluating the academic readiness of medical school applicants since its creation in 1928.1 Reflecting rigorous psychometric practices, the MCAT has been subject to periodic reviews, each resulting in revision to reflect changes in medical education and knowledge. The fourth such review and revision of the MCAT was completed in 1990. This revision primarily updated natural sciences content, aligning the test with the content of baccalaureate courses required for admission to most medical schools.