Return to MCAT® Blog Homepage

MCAT Biology Question — Biological Classification

One species of chimpanzee is biologically classified as : Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Homonidae, Pan, Pan paniscus. Man is biologically classified as: Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Homonidae, Homo, Homo sapiens. Which is the most specific taxonomic category shared by man and chimpanzees?


  1. order
  2. class
  3. family
  4. phylum





Biological classification in increasing specificity is Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. Chimpanzees and man differ at the species and genus levels. They share the same family:  Homonidae.


One common mnemonic to memorize this heirarchy: King Phillip Comes Over For Good Sex


  1. order, incorrect.
  2. class, incorrect.
  3. family, correct.
  4. phylum, incorrect.


Want more MCAT practice?

We’ve got options for every schedule and learning style!

From the best online MCAT course created by top instructors with 524+ MCAT scores to the most representative full-length practice exams and private tutoring, we can custom tailor your MCAT prep to your goals!

Not sure which option is right for you? Schedule a free MCAT consultation with an MCAT Advisor using the form below. No obligation, just expert advice.

Schedule My Free Consultation

MCAT is a registered trademark of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which is not affiliated with Blueprint.