Because pre-med students come from a number of different programs and areas of the country, it is understandable that there was the development of a standardized way to compare individual students wishing to enter the 'medicine School. In the search for a standard method to test potential students MCAT was developed. The MCAT score allows medical schools to look at a number of students with the same criteria.Five and three quarters of a one-hour test is divided into four sections. The first section is the test of physical science, composed of seventy-seven multiple choice questions and distributed a hundred minutes to complete. While the second section focuses on the verbal reasoning activation eighty-five minutes to complete. After a lunch break the third section will be offered. The final section tested the biological sciences, covering issues related to biology and organic chemistry, leaving the student to wait their MCAT scores.
Each section of the test is scored individually; However, the physical sciences, verbal reasoning and biological sciences is given a "raw" score which is then translated into the MCAT scores. A score is reported on a scale of 1-15, 15 being the highest. In addition, the score of the written test is initially based on a scale of 1 to 6, which is then translated into a rating scale letter J T, T being the highest. Most medical schools are looking for a degree of at least 30 and a rating of at least one P.
Most medical schools do not look only for people who have exceptional GPAs; they will also base its decision on the MCAT. Medical schools have their own student selection formulas, some give more importance to the MCAT score while others feel GPAs are of greater value.