The New MCAT and Pre-Med Requirements

The new MCAT will launch in 2015 and there will be significant changes.  In particular, the test will include a section on psychology and sociology and the overall test will increase from four hours of testing to six and a quarter hours of testing. Below is a snapshot of what to expect.


  1. Biochemistry: 65 questions; 95 minutes
  2. Chemistry and Physical Science:  65 questions; 95 minutes
  3. Psychology and Sociology: 65 questions; 95 minutes
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning: 60 questions; 90 minutes

Given the changes in the testing, the pre-med curriculum and requirements will also change.

Pre-Med Track Curriculum/Requirements

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • English (1 year)

If you are interested in becoming a doctor, it is a good idea to ask colleges when you visit, how they will adjust their advising to reflect the new MCAT format and pre-med requirements.  This will give you a good idea of how strong each school is in adapting to change and advising pre-med students.



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