The MCAT stands for Me dical College Admission Test. Unlike the GRE CAT, the MCAT lasts twice as long and covers a broader range of verbal, science, and writing components. Most medical schools assess your academic prowess from your transcript and your MCAT score; the MCAT indicates whether you possess a solid foundation to build a successful medical career. Although you can prepare for the test by reviewing scientific concepts, the test stresses the assimilation of new information and the thought required to answer questions surrounding it. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) indicates that the MCAT measures not only proficiency in the basic sciences, but also the more general problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills developed in humanities curricula. In the end, the MCAT sits among the top three selection factors for admissions officers surveyed by the Princeton Review.