- Knowing Your Expectations for Your Degree
- Strategizing Your Class Schedule
- Pre-Health Advisors
- Pre-Health Office Hours
- Ways to Stay Informed
- Careers in Health
- Pre-Health Academics
- How, When, and Where to Apply
- Co-Curricular Activities: Exploring Health Care
- Paying for Health Professions Education
- Submit Announcements for the Pre-Health Newsletter
- LSA Transfer Student Program
Mastery of prerequisite knowledge is important not only for academic success in your health professions program, but also for attaining a competitive standardized test score, required by most programs as part of your application.
Medical College Admission Test
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score is a critical component of your application to medical school. The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your abilities in problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, knowledge of science concepts, and behavioral and sociocultural determinants of health. Since April 2015, a new version of this test has been administered, reflecting the increasingly interdisciplinary face of medicine today. Explore the interactive MCAT guide to learn more about the content and framework of the test.
The MCAT offers dates ranging from January until September. (Typically, tests are not administered in February and March.) The majority of these dates cluster in April and August. It is expected that this pattern will apply for the foreseeable future. The dates for a given year can be found here. Once you have decided on a date, you should register for it as early as possible, because the number of seats in a given site are limited. Test sites are managed by Pearson VUE test centers.
Accommodations: The University of Michigan Office of Services for Students with Disabilities provides links to information about accommodations for high stakes tests.
Additional Admission Testing Information
- Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
- Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT)