Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is a multiple choice test administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The MCAT assesses problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.

We highly encourage you to prepare a study plan for the MCAT exam, specifically giving yourself adequate time to prepare.

How long are MCAT scores valid?

Applicants must have taken the MCAT exam within three years of intended matriculation into medical school.  For example: if you plan to start medical school in 2017, a score from 2014 is the latest we will consider. The Admissions Committee will accept results from the “old” exam, but prefers that applicants take the new, reformatted exam as this latter exam is now the national standard for all applicants.  The College has not established a minimum composite score for the new MCAT.  Note: The September 10, 2016, administration is the last exam in 2016 that will be considered for admission in 2017.

What minimum score do you require on the MCAT (cutoff)?

Previous MCAT format: We only consider applicants with a total MCAT score of 24 or higher. The last application cycle that we will accept old MCAT format is 2016-2017.

New MCAT format: Effective during the 2015-2016 application cycle we will accept the new MCAT format. The College of Medicine is currently learning how the new MCAT will help the Admissions Committee with applicant selections. Because it is a new exam with new content, UACOM-Tucson will utilize a holistic review process when deciding whether to remit a secondary application to an applicant. 

Should we wait to submit the AMCAS until we get the MCAT scores?

The decision of when to submit your AMCAS application is up to you. Please keep in mind that the earlier you submit your application, the longer it is considered in the application pool. You are able to note on your AMCAS application when you are taking the MCAT. We will not consider an application until the newest MCAT score indicated on AMCAS is received unless your current score meets our MCAT minimum requirement. We will receive your new score when it becomes available and it will show up on your application when reviewing your profile later on in the cycle.

Do you average scores?

We do not average scores.

Which scores do you consider?

We take your highest MCAT score that you have received within the past three years. However, all scores are considered when reviewing your complete application.

Should you retake the MCAT to improve by a point or two?

If you received a secondary application last season then don’t worry too much about improving your score, unless you feel that it is borderline low. We look at your overall application, so focus instead on improving the other components of the application. If you keep retaking the test and we see your score going up or down, it may reflect badly on you.