MCAT General Questions
What is the MCAT®?
  • MCAT® stands for Medical College Admission Test.
  • The MCAT® is a mandatory standardized test that measures the ability to understand basic concepts and to solve problems in natural, behavioral and social sciences.
  • The MCAT exam is administered by the AAMC.
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What is the MCAT 2015®?

  • The MCAT 2015® is an updated version of the Medical College Admission Test that will assess test takers' knowledge and problem-solving skills in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences.
  • Two of the four sections test academic competencies; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems and Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems.  Topics to study include biology, general and organic chemistry, physics and biochemistry.
  • One of the four sections will test reasoning and analysis skills in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.  Topics to study may include population health, cultural studies, ethics and philosophy and other humanities and social sciences disciplines.
  • The last of the four sections will test the ways that psychological, sociocultural and biological factors influence people's perceptions of the world, behaviour and behaviour change, individuals' opinions of themselves and others, cultural and social differences that influence overall health and the relationships between social stratification, access to resources and well-being.  This section is called Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behaviour.
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Can the MCAT® be waived?

  • The MCAT® is a required examination and will not be waived.

Can I take the MCAT® several times and what score is used?

  • The highest operative MCAT® score from a single sitting will be used.
  • MCAT® scores are valid for only a specified period of time as detailed in the Applicant Information Bulletin. For the 2018 - 2019 application cycle, test scores are valid between April 2014 and September 9, 2017. All other test scores will not be considered.
  • You must release your MCAT® scores to the University of Manitoba or your test scores will be ineligible.

What are the minimum MCAT® scores to be able to apply?

  • The Admissions Committee has minimum standards for score results. Eligible applicants must have scored a minimum of 7 in each of the VR, PS and BS sub-tests.
  • There are no exceptions.
  • Given the recent introduction of MCAT 2015, minimum eligible scores have not been established.  The total score will be used in the composite score calculation.

How do I release my scores to the University of Manitoba?

  • In order for your MCAT® scores to be used towards your application, you must release your scores to the University of Manitoba.
  • Please go to the AAMC website and follow the instructions provided
  • If you do not release your scores, your application may become ineligible for consideration.

How do I prepare for the MCAT®?

  • The AAMC website ( is a wonderful resource to assist you as you prepare to write your exam. Review the website thoroughly.
  • In general, courses in Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and English will assist you on the exam.

When do I write the MCAT®?

  • Most applicants write the MCAT® exam the summer prior to applying to allow for completion of a significant number of courses.
  • It is a good idea to secure a seat early as there are very few testing computers available at each site and they book up quickly.
  • The listing of available testing dates is provided on the AAMC website in January of every year.

MCAT® scores expire after a period of time. What is the date range for acceptable MCAT® scores to apply to the 2018-2019 application cycle?

  • The acceptable testing dates for the 2018-2019 application cycle are no earlier than April 2014 and no later than September 9, 2017.

Can I still include my MCAT® score with my application if I wrote in September but my scores are not available until after the application deadline?

  • Yes. If you have written the MCAT® in September you can still include the score with your application.
  • However, you must indicate you are awaiting a test score on the Medicine Application form and you must release the score to the University of Manitoba once the score is available.
  • Please note that the last accepted sitting for the 2018 - 2019 application cycle is September 9, 2017.