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MCAT Will Go Online in 2007

MCAT Will Go Online in 2007

The MCAT, or Medical College Admission Test, will make the jump from paper- to computer-based testing by 2007, along with a significant reduction in the number of questions and the testing time.

According to a press release from the Association of American Medical Colleges, which administers the MCAT, the computer-based format will allow for additional test dates, faster scoring, and a more controlled testing environment.

The MCAT is currently administered in the computer-based format in select test centers, including one in Boston. A trial computer-based version will be given at all testing centers next August, according to the press release.

Two other graduate admissions tests are already offered in computer-based formats. The Graduate Record Exam adopted a computer-based format for its general exam in 2002. The Graduate Management Admission Test, now offered in both paper and computer formats, will switch to computer-only next January.

Kelley Rivoire