MCAT Essays-Question Types and Samples

It is not an easy task to write good MCAT essay and you should be ready to spend many hours thinking about the topic, brainstorming interesting ideas, organizing your thoughts, writing an essay, and revising it until it becomes a perfect piece.

How to Prepare for MCAT Essays?

Let's see how this patented system works with a different MCAT essay. Let's do our five minute process with a different prompt, and then discuss how to unify the essay. Okay, here we go . . .


Unlike the old MCAT essay, a good personal statement can get you in.

Writing a Critical MCAT Essay

The MCAT requires you to think and write critically. Let's take a moment to look at a typical example of MCAT essay instructions. Every MCAT writing assignment follows the same basic format. The instructions consist of a prompt followed by three tasks:


The three basic tasks of the MCAT essay represent a classic rhetorical figure of critical philosophy, the dialectical progression from thesis, to antithesis, to synthesis. In the history of ideas, the dielectic has been the basis of grandly totalizing philosophical systems. For the purposes of writing MCAT essays, the dialectic describes the progression of ideas in a critical thought process that is the force driving your argument. A good dialectical progression propels your arguments in a way that is satisfying to the reader.
So you're sitting in the MCAT, and you just opened your first essay. Now is not the best time for writer's cramp. Take a deep breath. One thing veteran writers learn is the value of a 'generative device'. A generative device is a trick you play on yourself to get the ideas flowing. With my students over the years, we developed a generative device that helps you get started with the MCAT essay. For the first five minutes, imagine that you are witnessing 'debate night' at the local auditorium with the topic your essay prompt. Imagine the debate and write down a few notes about what you hear. Try to write one or two good sentences for each of the three tasks. Take about two minutes for each.