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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a standardized test, is required or strongly recommended for admission to almost every medical school, allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric, in the United States. There are seperate standardized exams for dentistry and optometry: Dental Admission Test (DAT) and Optometry Admission Test (OAT). The exam is usually one of the main screening devices used by admissions committees; however, the importance attached to the scores varies, depending upon the professional school and on the candidate’s other credentials. Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) gives some insight into policies at each allopathic school.
The test may be taken any time after the student has finished (or is within a few weeks of finishing) one year of:
- Introductory Biology
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Introductory Physics (however, not tested on the DAT)
- 1st semester Psychology, Sociology and Biochemistry