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Trial Section

Beginning in January 2013, on test day you will have the opportunity to volunteer for the Trial Section. The Trial Section is a voluntary and unscored section that asks you to test out questions for a future version of the MCAT exam. It will be the last section of the test day and take 45 minutes to complete. 

Even with the Trial Section, the test day will be shorter for you than it was for last year’s examinees. Instead of spending 60 minutes writing MCAT essays, we’re asking you to test out 32 new questions in either: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, and physics or in psychology, sociology and biology.

You do not need to prepare for the Trial Section. You will get questions based on the answers that you provided during MCAT registration about the courses that you’ve taken. Whenever possible, the AAMC will assign questions from courses you’ve already completed. You don't have to worry about not doing well, just try your best. No one will know how well you did but you - not the medical schools or your advisor. Your answers on the Trial Section will not contribute in any way to your MCAT score.

If you volunteer to participate, you’ll have an opportunity to preview content that medical school admissions officers want applicants to know. You will also receive the following if you put forth a good-faith effort:

  • $30® Gift Card* Claim Code** e-mailed to you within 3-4 weeks***, and
  • feedback on your performance that will allow you to compare yourself to others who participated in the Trial Section.

Please note that you cannot pre-register for the Trial Section. However, you will be invited to take the Trial Section ONLY after you: complete the core “scored” sections of the exam, select “I wish to have my MCAT exam SCORED” and lastly, by answering “Yes” to the statement “Please indicate below if you would like to participate in the Trial Section”.

The Examinee Agreement  applies to all of the exam content you will see on test day, including the content presented in the new voluntary Trial Section. The Trial Section will ask you to try out questions for future MCAT exams. Although you are not permitted to share any of the information presented to you, we encourage and appreciate your participation in the Trial Section.

If you observe any irregular behavior or exam security violations before, during, or after an examination, please call the MCAT Security tip line at 202-903-0840 or send an e-mail to: If you choose to remain anonymous, the AAMC will not disclose your identity unless required by law. In addition, please continue to do your best to promote the fairness and security of the MCAT exam by reinforcing with your peers the importance of honoring these rules before, during, and after the actual exam.

We are grateful for your help! Medical schools will use the future version of the MCAT exam to select the first-year students who’ll join you when you’re a seasoned medical student.  Please help the medical schools select students who will be great colleagues for you and the next generation of health care providers.

To provide feedback to the MCAT Program about the Trial Section, please e-mail:

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