The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is one of the medical school exams that is part of the processes of gaining into the medical colleges. The MCAT has been in existence for a very long time and been used widely by medical schools as a tool for offering admission to students into medical colleges. The aim and purpose of the Medical College Admission Tests are to assess the student's capability and preparedness on the required skills and knowledge that are considered most and prerequisite by the medical experts in the medical field and medical practice. In essence, the MCAT is aimed at evaluating the prospective students' capability concerning their future positive contributions and what is expected of them in the realm of medicine. The MCAT is a reputable test which is often considered as one of the most standardized computer-based tests for testing prospective students aspiring to enroll in medical colleges and schools. The test usually takes place in the various locations in the United States, Canada, and other designated locations over the world between the months of January through early September every year.
The sole body responsible for the development and administration of the medical college admission test (MCAT) is the Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC). The AAMC as a body is based in Washington D.C and has a total of One hundred and forty-one accredited medical schools within the United States and seventeen other accredited Canadian medical schools.
The MCAT as a challenging and demanding exam that requires criticality in problem-solving, analytical thinking as well as reasoning ability, has become a very popular and widely accepted test by many medical schools, graduate programs as well as a range of other health professions. Though the MCAT is most popular and accepted by schools majorly in the United States and Canada, it has spanned to other parts of the world. Thus countries that accept the MCAT as a test for prospective students aspiring to enroll in medical colleges and schools include;
1.United States: With the headquarter of the sole body responsible for all the processes involved in MCAT from preparation, to registration, schedules and to the writing of the test situated in Washington D.C in the United States, the AAMC has a total of one hundred and forty-one accredited medical schools in the United States alone. Thus, the MCAT is most popular and accepted in the United States.
2. Canada: Canada is the second country where the MCAT has the most popularity and acceptance. There are seventeen AAMC accredited medical schools in Canada and various designated test locations.
Other countries that accept the MCAT apart from the United States and Canada are;
4. China(Hong Kong)
11. Puerto Rico
14. South Africa
17. The United Kingdom
18. The US Virgin Islands.
The United States and Canada together with other sixteen countries accept the medical college admission test (MCAT). As such the MCAT has so far gained popularity as the most reputable, challenging and standardized computer-based test for prospective students aspiring to enroll in medical colleges and schools across the continents.