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MCAT® Behavioral Sciences Section

What You Need To Know

The Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the MCAT® is a 95-minute section containing 59 multiple-choice questions. This section tests your knowledge and use of the concepts in psychology, sociology, biology, research methods, and statistics that provide a solid foundation for learning in medical school about the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health and health outcomes.

Understanding the behavioral and socio-cultural determinants of health is important to the study of medicine.

You will be tested on your knowledge of how psychological, social, and biological factors influence perceptions and reactions to the world; behavior, and behavior change; what people think about themselves and others; the cultural and social differences that influence well-being; and the relationships between social stratification, access to resources, and well-being.

MCAT® Psychology & Sociology

Two Key Concepts Tested

Foundational Concept 6: Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influence the ways that individuals perceive, think about, and react to the world.

  • 6A: Sensing the environment
  • 6B: Making sense of the environment
  • 6C: Responding to the world

Foundational Concept 7: Biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors influence behavior and behavior change.

  • 7A: Individual influences on behavior
  • 7B: Social processes that influence human behavior
  • 7C: Attitude and behavior change

Foundational Concept 8: Psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors influence the way we think about ourselves and others, as well as how we interact with others.

  • 8A: Self-identity
  • 8B: Social thinking
  • 8C: Social interactions

Foundational Concept 9: Cultural and social differences influence well-being.

  • 9A: Understanding social structure
  • 9B: Demographic characteristics and processes

Foundational Concept 10: Social stratification and access to resources influence well-being.

  • 10A: Social inequality
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  5. MCAT® Exam - Section by Section
    1. Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    2. Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
    3. Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior
    4. Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS)