The physical sciences, verbal reasoning, and biological sciences sections of the MCAT test all test different skills and areas of knowledge, but there are certain general techniques that an individual taking the MCAT test may want to keep in mind. First, the most important thing to remember about any section of the MCAT test is that each section is timed, so it is important for you to be able to manage your time wisely. As a result, it is important to pay attention to how much time you have remaining and how long you are taking to answer each question. If you find that you are taking too much time for a particular question, it is important to make your best guess and continue on to the next question. There is no penalty for guessing on the MCAT, so it is better to answer every question for each section even if you are unsure about your answers for some of the questions. This is because there is a chance that you will get the question right simply by making an educated guess and still get the points for the question rather than getting no points at all. Secondly, if you encounter a particular question that you just can't seem to answer or even make an educated guess as to the answer, it is important to take a deep breath, attempt to relax, and try to eliminate any of the multiple-choice options that you know are definitely incorrect. For example, if the question is asking you to define a concept that you know is related to physics, the choice that defines a chemical reaction is almost certainly not the correct option.
Finally, even though the test is timed, it is important to try to read each question carefully and give yourself enough time to at least try to answer each question. Usually, you should expect to have no more than a minute and a half to answer each question, but you should use all of the time you have available if you need it. If you have any additional time left over after you have made it through the questions in a particular section, go back to any questions that you were unsure of and see if reading the question again helps you find the answer.
Last Updated: 01/18/2013