The MCAT, or the Medical College Admissions Test, is an extremely rigorous examination that must be completed by students prior to applying to a health professions school in the United States and Canada. The MCAT applies to multiple courses of study, including allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric and veterinary medicine.
To take the MCAT, students must have a solid background in biology, chemistry, physics and analytical skills. The test has three sections, and each section is worth 15 points. Scores are calculated based on net scores, which are then converted to scores on a 15-point scale. The MCAT is taken on a computer, in a testing center. Many students take the test multiple times due to its complexity and its importance in the higher education application process.