MCAT - Biological Sciences

This is another key section of the exam which seeks to test how sound a candidate's biological sciences' knowledge base is. The MCAT Biological Sciences section is a multiple-choice question test.

Structure

  • This is a multiple-choice section which has 52 questions to be solved in 70 minutes.
  • These consist of 13 independent questions and 39 passage-based questions.
  • This is the last section of the exam and is preceded by a ten-minute break, followed by an option to void the entire exam.
  • The types of questions that are asked in this section are divided into two - passage questions and independent questions.
  • Questions asked in the MCAT Biological Sciences section are based on topics relating to the broad fields of Biology and Organic Chemistry.

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Testing & Scoring Scheme

  • This section does not only test the scientific soundness of your knowledge base, it also attempts to test your scientific reasoning skills and see how you apply them in different situations.
  • The questions that occur in this section urge the candidate to combine his/her scientific knowledge with his/her reasoning skills and push him/her to answer questions that make him/her think on a different level.
  • Like all other sections of the MCAT, the MCAT Biological Sciences section is also scored twice - the first time it is assigned a raw score which is later converted into a scaled score.
  • The raw score is simply a total of the number of correct answers.
  • Since there is no negative marking, a student would be better off guessing a question than leaving it unanswered.
  • The raw score is converted to a scaled score which is a number between one and fifteen.