Is the MCAT administered at one time all across the nation? Is the same exam administered at all testing sites? What prevents a buddy from Connecticut calling a friend in Hawaii and giving him the gouge on the test? Just curious.
The MCAT is administered at the same local time. There are different forms of the test. There is nothing to stop someone in New York from calling up someone in Hawaii regarding what is on the test, however the person in New York will not have a break until around 12:00 for lunch. At that time, the Hawaiin will just be entering the test. Even if they could possibly somehow contact each other in time, the amount of information that the Hawaiin could learn would be minimal.
There are multiple forms of the exam each time it is given. In my testing room alone, there were 6 different forms. This also makes it unlikely that the friend in Hawaii would really benefit from hearing about the exam in Connecticut.
No, there are actual different tests. And then they also have the same test in different oder. So, yes the you can different passages then the person next to you but the test will be scaled to adjust for things. The MCAT has been very consistent in terms of difficulty the past several years. Just look at the reports on how students did.