MCAT 2015 Information from AAMC

Resources available to help prepare for the new exam

  • By February 2015, the AAMC will have released a total of eight new online practice products to help students understand, practice, and study for the new exam. These products include a full-length test for practice and hundreds of official MCAT questions. Also available are more than 800 videos, 400 review questions, and soon-to-be released articles in the Khan Academy’s MCAT collection.

 

  • Again, the AAMC has one test for practice available now for the MCAT2015 exam. Released in September, the Official MCAT2015 Sample Test is a full-length, 230-question test that is taken online and simulates the testing environment for the new exam. It provides customized practice features as well as number- and percent-correct data.

 

  • The next release of an AAMC practice test for the new exam will be in fall 2015. This full-length practice test will be introduced with comparative scoring information as it becomes available. All full-length tests will simulate the exam experience to prepare students for the actual exam.

 

o   Using materials for the current exam to prepare for the new exam
We want to help students practice in the most efficient way, and some questions in the current products test concepts that won’t be tested on the new exam. To ensure they are preparing with content that may be tested on the new exam, we will provide six Question Packs by discipline area that map back to the new exam. These products will be in an online format and also will provide a test-taking experience reflective of the new exam.  The current products will expire on January 31, 2015.

 

For more information, visit www.aamc.org/mcat2015/preparing.

 

Registration and Incentives for Early Testing

  • Registration for the new exam will be opening in mid-February 2015, and more details will be coming soon. We will be hosting a January 27 Webinar from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss key information you need to advise students about the new MCAT exam, which will open for registration in February 2015. A registration link will be sent out on the Listserv this month.

 

 

  • While it will take longer than the usual 30-35 days for April and May examinees to receive their official score reports, they will still be able to submit their applications to medical schools at the same time as examinees who took the current exam. This is because official score reports for examinees taking April and May exams will be released (and thus transmitted to AMCAS applications) before the first round of verified applications are sent by AMCAS to medical schools on July 1, 2015.

 

o   April and May examinees can still submit their applications to AMCAS for verification in June before they receive their official score reports. We will be sending April and May examinees preliminary percentile rank ranges to help them understand their scores so they can make decisions about whether or not to retest or to which schools to apply. These preliminary percentile rank ranges will not be sent to medical schools, only to examinees. Examinees are welcome to share the information with advisors.

 

  • As many of you know, the AAMC is offering a $150 Amazon.com Gift Card to examinees who take the April 17 or 18 exams. This amount represents half of the $300 registration fee. For those examinees that register under the Fee Assistance Program and pay $115, they will receive a $60 gift card. This incentive, which will be sent approximately three weeks after the April exams, is to help ensure there will be enough examinees to establish the new score scale. The gift card is the most efficient way to offer the benefit to students who complete the exam (and either score or void their tests). It will not be offered to examinees who are registered but do not show up for the exam. It also helps ensure that the benefit is returned directly to the examinee in case they use a credit card not in their name to register for a seat.

 

More information will be posted on our website.

 

 

Scoring
In the first year, the scaling and norming of the exam will result in a scale for each section that has a minimum of 118, a maximum of 132, and a mid-point of 125. The mid-point will also be the median and the mean. We expect that in the first few years test takers will become better at preparing for the new exam; there will be more resources from AAMC, and advisors will know more about how to advise their students. Because of this learning by students, faculty and advisors, we expect that scores will shift up slightly after the first year, and the mean section score will likely be a little higher than 125.

Every test will produce scores that are comparable in accuracy, meaning that they have the same confidence band.  The confidence band will be constant across administrations and scores. It will be the same for those who test early or late in the year, and for those who obtain high, moderate, or low scores. It will not vary based on each person’s individual test.

 

We also wanted to remind you that on our website we have a document that describes medical schools’ policies for the application years they will accept scores from the current and the new MCAT exams.

Get more information about scoring for the new exam.  

 

Test Format
The exam will include a 30 minute mid-exam break and two 10-minute optional breaks. Examinees can start the next section in the exam early if they finish the previous section early, or if they want to skip one of the breaks. The remaining time from a section finished early or a skipped break will not carry over into the next section of the exam.

While the exam is longer with more questions on each section, examinees will have more working time to answer questions and review their answers than they do on the current exam. Across the sections, examinees will have between 10 and 20 percent more working time per question.

Learn more about the test sections of the new exam

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