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Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required for admissions to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) will transmit the scores to the School of Medicine with your application.

To receive consideration for the admissions process, applicants must have a minimum total numerical MCAT score of 22. For the new MCAT 2015, the minimum total MCAT score is a 491.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine will NOT accept MCAT exam scores that are more than four years old at the time of application. MCAT scores from 2014 through 2017 will be accepted for the 2018 application cycle. September 9, 2017, will be the latest test date from which an MCAT score can be considered for the 2018 application cycle. The Committee on Admissions will only consider the latest MCAT score released at the time of the interview and any subsequent scores will not be considered for the current application cycle. Additional questions about the MCAT should be directed to Office of Admissions by phone (505) 272-4766 or email somadmissions@salud.unm.edu.

On February 16, 2012, the AAMC Board of Directors approved the MR5 committee's recommendations for the 2015 MCAT exam. The changes are designed to help students prepare for a rapidly-changing health care system and an evolving body of medical knowledge while addressing the needs of a growing, aging, and increasingly-diverse population. Among the changes are added emphasis on the social and behavioral sciences, scientific inquiry and reasoning skills, and introductory biochemistry. The critical analysis and reasoning skills section will ask students to analyze information in passages from a wide range of social sciences and humanities disciplines, including ethics and philosophy, cross-cultural studies, and population health.

For more information about the new MCAT 2015 exam, please go to the MCAT Essentials (published by the Association of American Medical Colleges). This information includes detailed descriptions of the content and cognitive skills assessed by the exam. It also provides examples of question formats used on the test and incorporates sample items with response explanations. For additional information and resources, go to the AAMC MCAT site.