# Is MCAT math hard?

**Asked by: Kaia McKenzie**| Last update: April 26, 2022

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The good news: The math on the exam is **not difficult** and can be mastered with sufficient practice. This means that all calculations, regardless of the section of the MCAT, have to be completed mentally.

## What level of math is on the MCAT?

What math is covered on the MCAT? The MCAT is primarily a conceptual exam, with little actual mathematical computation. Any math that is on the MCAT is fundamental: just **arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry**. There is absolutely no calculus on the MCAT.

## Why is math on the MCAT?

Part 1: Introduction. While the MCAT does not permit the use of a calculator, the exam still **contains questions that will require mathematical calculations**—particularly in the context of physics and chemistry. Fine-tuning your math skills can thus significantly improve your ability to work through these test questions.

## Is MCAT multiple choice?

The Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, is more than just a formality for medical school admissions. **It is a multiple-choice**, computer-based, standardized exam that is required for admission to med schools in the United States and Canada.

## Do you get a formula sheet on the MCAT?

**Sometimes, formulas will be provided during the real MCAT** but, as you will see, you are expected to already know quite a few. Doing and reviewing practice questions and practice tests will improve your understanding of what you need to know.

## How Hard is the MCAT? | BeMo Academic Consulting

**33 related questions found**

### Do I need calculus for med school?

**No.** **Most allopathic medical schools (at least in the U.S.) do not require calculus as a prerequisite subject**. Although a few schools do (more on this later), math is mainly just a preference. To be 100% certain, as criteria frequently change, you'll need to check individual school requirements.

### Is physics on the MCAT?

**Physics will represent somewhere between 20-30 percent of your MCAT Chem/Phys section**, which is one of four MCAT sections. Hence, you can expect to see 12 to 18 physics questions (out of 230 total questions) on the entire MCAT—about 5 to 8 percent of the exam.

### Do surgeons need calculus?

The level of math required to be a surgeon is the same as for any other physician. **Medical schools in the United States require you to have had calculus in college**. They neither care about nor look at your high school grades.

### What is the average MCAT score for accepted students?

A "good" MCAT score is one that puts you near or above the average percentile for matriculants at your target medical schools. For comparison, the average MCAT score for students admitted to an MD program in the United States in 2017–2018 is **between 510 and 511**, with an average GPA of 3.71.

### Is genetics on the MCAT?

As you can see, **MCAT genetics is a major topic on the exam**. With such a broad variety of topics, there are numerous ways that the exam can test genetics.

### Are you allowed scratch paper on the MCAT?

The good news is that **yes, you do get scratch paper on the MCAT in the form of “noteboards,” or wet-erase pages with a fine-tip marker**. The noteboard includes 9 single-sided note pages (8 inches by 14 inches), and you can see an example here.

### What math do I need for pre-med?

Medical School Entrance Requirements

College work in mathematics, such as **one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics**, is required by some medical schools and recommended by almost all.

### What math do you need for med school?

The majority of medical schools (M.D. and D.O.) with a math requirement will look for between one and two semesters of math. Most of them would expect a **semester of calculus and a semester of statistics**. No health professions schools require multivariable calculus.

### What level of math do I need to be a doctor?

Some medical schools specified math courses that they want incoming students to have taken. Twenty-six of the schools recommend or require that students take **calculus** and nine of the schools require or recommend statistics. So, just to get into medical school, pre-meds frequently have to take calculus or statistics.

### Is there organic chemistry on the MCAT?

You likely spent one or two entire semesters studying organic chemistry, but the MCAT will ask you only about 6 to 12 questions on organic chemistry out of 230 total questions. In other words, **only 3 to 5 percent of your entire exam is likely to cover organic chemistry**.

### How long should you study for the MCAT?

So, where should you start? Most people need 10–15 hours per week to study for the MCAT over a period of **at least four to six months** . In total, you should aim for at least 200 to 300 hours of MCAT study time.

### How difficult is pre-med?

Originally Answered: How hard is majoring in pre-med? **Pre-med is not a major**. Students interested in going to medical school choose any major they want. They just have to complete all pre-requisite courses for medical school whether or not those courses are normally part of the major they choose.

### Do med schools accept AP Calc?

**Generally no**, you may not use AP credit to fulfill requirements for medical school. Even if your undergraduate institution allows it, most medical schools will not accept it. ... The fact that you use AP credits can signal to medical schools that you are taking the short way out.

### Do you need physics 2 for MCAT?

What are the actual prerequisite courses for the MCAT? **All students need to take Physics 1 and 2 – without exception**.

### Is quantum physics on MCAT?

**Yes**, but only if you are above and beyond a certain point already.

### What is the most useful math?

**Top 5 Math Classes to Prepare for the Future**

- Statistics.
- Trigonometry.
- Calculus.
- Advanced Linear Algebra.
- Game Theory.