Basic Statistics

Basic Statistics

A fundamental understanding of simple hypothesis testing, significance levels, confidence intervals, and powers will help you not only as an MCAT test taker, but as a future physician interpreting health studies. In this webinar, we will also show you how the MCAT often presents bar and line graphs with notations of significance.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Differentiate measures of data

  • Read and interpret study designs for significance


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Measures of data and spread

  • Hypothesis testing and significance levels

  • Confidence intervals

  • Validity vs. reliability

  • Correlation vs. association vs. causation


On the MCAT

  • Statistics permeate all sections of the test (except CARS). While questions on statistics may not be explicitly asked, the reading and interpretation of study results will usually require basic concepts.


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