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VCAT: Veterinary College Admissions Test

The VCAT is administered in January, October, and November.

Test Sections

Like the PCAT, the VCAT requires the application of basic science knowledge, math skills, and verbal knowledge. Basic science courses needed for the VCAT include one year of college-level general chemistry, introductory organic chemistry, and biology with an emphasis on human physiology. The math for the VCAT requires a basic understanding of algebr a and geometry (calculus and trigonometry are NOT covered). The VCAT also tests reading comprehension skills and word knowledge through its reading comprehension and verbal ability (antonyms and analogies) sections, respectively.

  • The reading comprehension section contains 6 passages with 6-8 accompanying questions. Subject matter may cover any area in the Natural Sciences, Sciences, and Humanities. This section requires no outside knowledge.
  • The chemistry section tes ts mostly general chemistry; however, it also tests some basic organic chemistry.
  • The biology section tests biology and human physiology, with a greater emphasis on physiology.
  • The quantitative ability section is approximately 75% basic math concepts and algebra and 15-20% geometry. Only 5-10% test advanced math skills (logs, factorials, etc.).
  • All of the questions, in the one-best answer multiple-choice format, have four answer choices (A - D).
  • All questions are worth one point, so you should not spend too much time on any one question. With no penalty for guessing, never leave any question blank.
Section
Time (min)
Questions
verbal
30
50
biology
30
50
reading comprehension
40
40
quantitative ability
25
40
chemistry
25
50
experimental (not scored)
varies
varies
Scoring

The VCAT, scored on a scale from 100 to 300, has a mean score of 200 and a standard deviation of 30 points. You receive percentile scores based on the strength of the applicant pool.

Registration

The Psychological Corporation
Veterinary College Admission Test
P.O. Box 96152
Chicago, Illinois 60693
1-800-622-3231
Exam Cost: $50 (currently)

For more information on careers in veterinary medicine, consult the following:

The American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumberg, IL 60173
Phone: (847) 925-8070
Fax: (847) 925-1329
http://www.avma.org


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