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The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required for admission to most medical schools. This rigorous exam will test your knowledge of physics, biology, biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, sociology, and psychology. Additionally, it serves to assess your capacity for problem solving and critical thinking.

Getting into your top-choice medical school is a highly competitive process and so you'll want to prepare thoroughly for the MCAT. The MCAT exam is unlike any other standardized test. Even the most gifted students will often score poorly on this test unless they are aware of the correct approach to taking the MCAT.

Click on the relevant link below to learn more:

  1. About the MCAT
  2. 2020 MCAT test date schedule
  3. Contact Dr. Donnelly about MCAT lessons
  4. Read our MCAT students' reviews
  5. MCAT Exam - Section by Section
    1. Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    2. Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    3. Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior
    4. Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS)

About the MCAT

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2020 MCAT Test Schedule

There are 3 available MCAT test dates in January 2020:

  1. January 17, 2020
  2. January 18, 2020
  3. January 23, 2020

January is the ideal option for students who wish to take the earliest available test date. Taking the test in January permits enough time to re-take if necessary and still make the early admissions deadlines. January test dates are also ideal for out of school students who have completed their prerequisites and are taking an interim year before matriculating into medical school or for students who attend schools that give a long break between fall and spring semesters.

January test takers should start preparing in September with the start of the fall semester.

There are 5 available MCAT test dates in March/April 2020:

  1. March 14, 2020
  2. March 27, 2020
  3. April 4, 2020
  4. April 24, 2020
  5. April 25, 2020

March/April test dates are an excellent option for students who wish to have their scores back from the AAMC before the start of the application cycle. This gives applicants a distinct advantage in rolling admissions since their applications will be complete and ready for review by early June when applications open up.

Preparation for the March/April tests can begin as early as September with the start of fall classes, or as late as January with the start of spring classes.

There are 5 available MCAT test dates in May 2020:

  1. May 9, 2020
  2. May 15, 2020
  3. May 16, 2020
  4. May 21, 2020
  5. May 29, 2020

Students who have already completed their finals can then fully focus on taking the MCAT without any other academic distractions. In addition, students' scores will be ready by late June, just after the start of the application cycle. May is also a good choice for students who wish to maintain the option to retest later in the summer before the close of the application cycle.

Preparation for the May tests can begin as early as October during the middle of fall classes, or as late as January with the start of spring classes.

There are 4 available MCAT test dates in June 2020:

  1. June 5, 2020
  2. June 9, 2020
  3. June 20, 2020
  4. June 27, 2020

Because many students wish to take the MCAT in June, students are advised to register well in advance. June is a very popular test date as it offers the unique convenience of allowing time for preparation over the summer as well as the ability to retest during the same application cycle.

Preparation for the June MCAT can begin as early as January with the start of spring classes, with lots of free time during the summer spent on practice.

There are 4 available MCAT test dates in July 2020:

  1. July 4, 2020
  2. July 18, 2020
  3. July 23, 2020
  4. July 31, 2020

July will be a popular choice for students wishing to take the early half of summer to prepare for the test. July will also be popular as students who've taken the exam earlier in the year look to re-take the exam

Preparation for the July exam can begin as early as January with the beginning of the spring semester or during in March.

There are 5 available MCAT test dates in August 2020:

  1. August 1, 2020
  2. August 7, 2020
  3. August 8, 2020
  4. August 14, 2020
  5. August 29, 2020

The August exam dates are ideal for students who need longer preparation time for the MCAT. These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the August dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.

There are 4 available MCAT test dates in September 2020:

  1. September 3, 2020
  2. September 4, 2020
  3. September 11, 2020
  4. September 12, 2020

The September exam dates are ideal for students who need longer preparation time for the MCAT.

These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the September dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.


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"Dr. Donnelly is a great tutor and genuinely cares about you doing well in your MCAT. Thanks to Stuart, I was able to understand the concepts of general chemistry much faster than I would have on my own. He made learning easy and stress-free. His strategy for dealing with the CARS section was also REALLY effective! I shot up by 7 points in that section alone and ended up with a 516 overall"

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"My daughter has worked with Dr Donnelly for the last three months and it has been wonderful. Dr. Donnelly has been able to focus on her weaknesses and provide enormous insight. In addition, his advice with regards to strategy for the MCAT has been invaluable. He is able to engage students and provide support well beyond other tutoring services. He is sincerely committed to student success and offers a personalized service with sound methodology. Within 3 months her scores improved significantly. In addition to all his talents ... he is just one of those really smart people that can teach."

Deborah W., Bergen, NJ.

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"Stuart's strategies were very helpful in tackling the MCAT passage based questions. After just a few meetings, I felt more confident approaching the exam. I just got my scores and I did very well!! I got a 518 overall/97th percentile - (130 on Chemistry/Physics, 130 on Bio, 127 on CARS, and 131 on Psychology/Sociology). Thanks for your help preparing!"

Emily S., Manhattan, New York.

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"I appreciated how Dr. Donnelly concisely tailored his teaching to fit my learning style. His strategies are unique and helped me improve my MCAT score by 17 points to an amazing 523! - I got a perfect 132 score on the Bio section and near perfect scores on all of the others (130 on Chem/Phys,, 130 on CARS, and 131 on Psych/Soc). Thank you Dr. Donnelly!"

Vismaya S., Colorado (online student).

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"Like many others, I took the MCAT many times before with suboptimal scores. And after my score went down, I was desperate for a good tutor to bring my score up. I was about to go with a company when I found Dr. MCAT. After our intro session, I knew right then and there that his methods were unique and he catered to the individual unlike many big companies, whose methods seem to only help a few people because of how general the strategies are. (I can say this because I use Kaplan twice before for the MCAT). My problem was definitely how I approached the test and Dr. MCAT definitely helped with that greatly. In ten weeks, he and his strategies took my score from the 66th percentile all the way to the 92nd percentile!! I highly recommend Dr. MCAT! And even if you dont live nearby, he offers tutoring sessions over Skype so don't be shy to reach out to him if you need MCAT help!"

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"I finally worked up the courage to check my MCAT score and found out I received a 515 / 94th percentile! I cannot thank you enough for your help. I am so relieved to have conquered this exam. I never could have scored a 129 in CARS without your methods and expertise!"

Jess F., Manhattan, New York.

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"I took the MCAT two separate times with less than optimal results. I had done very will in my undergraduate studies and then scored horribly on the MCAT. I decided to take the exam one final time and found Stuart. Stuart sat down with me over Skype twice a week for five months. He explained technical concepts in amazing thoroughness and also taught me how to approach the exam and its individual questions. I had particularly struggled with verbal reasoning. After working with Stuart, I increased my CARS percentile by 60 points. I could ask Stuart any question and never had him not know the answer and he never made me feel dumb for asking the question in the first place. Because of Stuart's expertise and the drastic improvement in my MCAT score, I have gained admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have tried many different MCAT study programs and have never found one as helpful or as enjoyable (as enjoyable as the MCAT can get) as working one on one with Stuart. I hold him and his expertise in the highest esteem and would recommend him to anyone. You won't be sorry for working with him."

Madeleine B., Salt Lake City, UT.

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"Doctor MCAT is simply the best tutoring services I have every experienced. When most people are looking for a tutor, they generally head over to places like Kaplan because we have all heard of them due to their expensive marketing campaigns, but I wasn't convinced - the value simply isn't there. So that why I decided to give Doctor MCAT a go instead. Dr. Donnely is a professional every step of the way. Stuart is one of the leading experts in his field and has almost 20 years of experience tutoring students for the MCAT - and it shows! He was patient, and funny, and knowledgable in every section of the MCAT and he was happy to explain things to me as often as I needed without judgements. He is veery personable and generous with his time. I actually found myself looking forward to our lessons! He's the absolute BEST tutor in every way. When I expressed embarrassment at my low original scores, he reassured me that my MCAT score was not reflective of who I was in any way. He taught me the right strategies for each section of the MCAT including the CARS section and the Physical Sciences section (which I had always hated!) which made things a lot clearer. It also freed me to ask all questions and not be ashamed because I knew he wasn't going to judge me. I have recommended Dr. Donnelly to at least three other people and they tell me they are just as happy as I am."

Smriti D. Manhattan, New York, NY.

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"Stuart is the kindest, most patient MCAT tutor I have ever encountered. No matter what your background is, whether you've had MCAT training in the past or none at all, Stuart's one-on-one approach is able cater to the learning speed at which you need. This also enables you to pick and choose your areas of weakness. He is also extremely good about scheduling a time that is fit for you. I worked full-time and was still able to meet Stuart for weekly lessons after I got off work. Lastly, Stuart has a very comprehensive selection of MCAT material (Kaplan, ExamKrackers, Princeton Review, Berkeley Review), thus allowing him to pick and choose certain passages that he believes would be the most helpful. Altogether, I'm very glad I found Stuart!"

K.S.F., Los Angeles, CA (online student).

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"I got an MCAT score of 514! Thank you for all your help! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!"

Alexa L., Manhattan, New York.

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"Last year, I took the MCAT after studying on my own but my results were VERY disappointing. Physics and Gen Chem have never been my strong point so this year, I decided to get some professional tutoring help and contacted Dr Donnely. After just two months of working intensively with Stuart, I raised my Chem/Phys score by 7 POINTS! and my total MCAT score by 13 POINTS! That's how clear and thorough his instruction was. He really was exactly what you would want from a tutor because he really does care about how you do and even kept in contact with me after my exam to help me with school applications. He was an invaluable resource."

Jeff T. Brooklyn, NYY.

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"I highly recommend this service! I had private MCAT lessons with Dr. Donnelly during the Spring and took my MCAT in June. Stuart was very helpful, patient, and flexible, and so knowledgable! He made the Bio and physical science passages seem so much easier. Just got my results back and I couldn't be happier! I went up by 11 points and ended up with a 515! I definitely would not have done as well on my exam without Stuart"

Rebecca I., Queens, New York.

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"The fundamentals I learned from Dr. Donnelly were very helpful. I received the one-on-one attention that I did not receive in the Kaplan prep test. I did not feel embarrassed to ask basic questions. Dr. Donnelly was very patient with explaining concepts in detail until I understood. Additionally, he was always available via email or phone."

Neelu V., Manhattan, New York.

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"I worked with Dr. Donnelly over the summer to improve my MCAT. Dr. Donnelly has many tricks to simplify everything - from passages to math equations to detailed physics concepts. We met both in person and via Skype. He provided all of the study material, was incredibly patient, and overall just a great instructor. I definitely recommend anyone taking the MCAT work with Dr. Donnelly - you'll see results"

Samantha S., Hempstead, New York.

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"Dr. Donnelly's private tutoring stands apart from other mainstream/commercial review programs because he isolates an individual's weaknesses and tailors a successful review and test-taking strategy that conforms to an individual's needs -- rather than those of the masses. Dr. Donnelly was able to quickly understand and dissect my thought process in order to help me break old habits and establish stronger test-taking skills so I could get that higher score I wanted."

Jacqui S., Manhattan, NY.

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Christina T., Manhattan, New York.

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5 star review

"Stuart's strategies were very helpful in tackling the MCAT passage based questions. After just a few meetings, I felt more confident approaching the exam. I just got my scores and I did very well!! I got a 518 overall/97th percentile (130 on chem/phys and bio, 127 on CARS, and 131 on psych/soc). Thanks for your help preparing!"

Emily S., Manhattan, NY.

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"Dr. Donnelly is a wonderful teacher. He is quick to pinpoint weaknesses and, in many cases, turn them into strengths. He always has a structured lesson plan and pertinent homework assignments and puts aside time in the lesson to go over "trouble problems" from the previous lesson. I highly recommend taking a prep course with him. His patience, humor, and kindheartedness makes an otherwise uncomfortable standardized test almost enjoyable."

Mia P., Manhattan, New York.

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"Dr. Donnelly tutored my son in Physics. My son learned a few steps to help him solve the problems faster and correctly. Every lesson helped my son feel confident. My son constantly talks about how Dr. Donnelly has taught him skills that even transcend beyond the physics that he is able to use in his classes at school. Dr. Donnelly was also very good at being able to work around a person's schedule. I highly recommend him, he is a great tutor. Thank you Dr. Donnelly!"

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Pauline E., Brooklyn, New York.

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"Dr. Donnelly helped me build my confidence, which improved my test taking substantially. I'm no longer afraid of Physics because he taught me strategies to break down complicated problems into simple concepts. He also reviewed concepts I didn't know in depth, asking questions to make sure I understood. I strongly recommend Dr. Donnelly, he made test preparation enjoyable and fulfilling."

Mora V., Staten Island, New York.

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Alexa W., Manhattan, New York.

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"Dr. Stuart Donnelly was the help I needed to jump 9 points while retaking my MCAT. He gave me the confidence and the tools I needed to succeed and I really could not have done what I did without him. He is extremely knowledgeable on all things MCAT and is beyond patient. He is great at what he does and is super helpful getting his students to the next level. He is also very professional and organized. Would recommend Stuart to anyone who enjoys learning in a 1 on 1 environment and will put in the work he asks for! I also had the privilege of doing Skype sessions and in person sessions and both were great, not one bad thing to say."

Jordan M. Manhattan, New York.

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"I started with Stuart at the beginning of the summer and didn't have any idea what to expect on the MCAT. Stuart was so incredibly helpful and was always understanding even when I had trouble understanding topics. His strategies were extremely helpful, and he has seemingly unending knowledge on every topic on the MCAT. The one-on-one attention made it possible to focus on areas in which I personally struggled, rather than being forced to follow a curriculum in a larger group setting. After working with Stuart for about 2.5-3 months I took the MCAT, and I'm thrilled with my score and won't be taking it again, which wouldn't have been possible without Stuart. I got a 514! (91st percentile!), Chem: 128 (86th percentile, CARS: 129 (95th percentile), an d Psych:131 (99th percentile!) Thank you so much for all of your help"

Chloe K., Bronx, New York.

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"I received my MCAT score this morning and received a 514. I got 132 in CARS! I'm pretty happy with the result. Thanks for all your help."

Ben H., Dallas TX (online student).

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"Though I felt confident in chemistry, I was struggling with studying for physics while preparing for the MCAT. This changed when I went to Dr. Donnelly to sharpen up my physics. He was very helpful, and I felt very confident going into test day. I ended up scoring in the 97th percentile for the chemical and physical foundations section! All of my tutoring took place over Skype--so where ever you live you should give Dr. Donnelly a try!"

Alison H., Washington DC (online student).

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"I worked with Dr. Donnelly over the summer to improve my MCAT. Dr. Donnelly has many tricks to simplify everything - from passages to math equations to detailed physics concepts. We met both in person and via Skype. He provided all of the study material, was incredibly patient, and overall just a great instructor. I definitely recommend anyone taking the MCAT work with Dr. Donnelly - you'll see results."

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The New MCAT Exam

In 2015, the MCAT was updated to the new version of the test. The new MCAT has more tested topics. There are now three additional semesters’ worth of material in college-level biochemistry, introductory psychology and introductory sociology, increasing the number of prerequisite classes from eight to eleven. Passages will also place more emphasis on integrating topics, with general chemistry, physics, and biochemistry (for instance) all appearing within the same passage!

The new version of the MCAT is almost double the length compared to the old version. On the new MCAT, you'll face 230 questions over 6 hours and 15 minutes. Each of the science sections will contain 10 passages with 4 to 7 questions each and 15 stand-alone questions. The CARS section has 9 passages with a total of 53 questions.

MCAT scores: You will receive five scores from your MCAT exam: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score. Each of the four sections is scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Your total score is the sum of your four section scores and therefore will range from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Section

Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems</span> section of the MCAT

The Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT is 95-minute long and contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the biological and biochemical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

Understanding the processes unique to living organisms, such as growing and reproducing, maintaining a constant internal environment, acquiring materials and energy, sensing and responding to environmental changes, and adapting, is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of how cells and organ systems within an organism act both independently and in concert to accomplish these processes, as well as your ability to reason about these processes at various levels of biological organization within a living system. Click for more details.

Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS) Section

CARS section of MCAT

The CARS section of the MCAT is 90-minute long and contains 53 multiple-choice questions. This section includes passages from a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities followed by a series of questions that lead you through the process of comprehending, analyzing, and reasoning about the material you have read.

Specific knowledge of these disciplines is not required for this section; all of the information you will need appears in the passages provided. Among the areas from which content is drawn are ethics and philosophy, cultural studies, and population health. Click for more details.

Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior Section

Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior Section

The Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the MCAT is 95-minute section contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section tests your knowledge and use of the concepts in psychology, sociology, biology, research methods, and statistics that provide a solid foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health and health outcomes.

Understanding the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of the ways in which psychological, social, and biological factors influence perceptions and reactions to the world; behavior, and behavior change; what people think about themselves and others; the cultural and social differences that influence well-being; and the relationships between social stratification, access to resources, and well-being. Click for more details.

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Section

Chemical and Physical Foundations section of MCAT

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section of the MCAT is 95-minute section contains 59 multiple-choice questions. This section asks you to combine your knowledge of foundational concepts in the chemical and physical sciences with your scientific inquiry, reasoning, and research and statistics skills to solve problems that demonstrate readiness for medical school.

Understanding the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of tissues, organs, and organ systems is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of the basic chemical and physical principles that underlie the mechanisms operating in the human body, and your ability to apply an understanding of these general principles to living systems. Click for more details.

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