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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCAT?

Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit scores for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in four areas: Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Sample, and Biological Sciences.


When is the test given?

The MCAT is given on select days between January and September. For more information about when you can take the MCAT, go to:


How long must I register in advance?

The regular registration deadline is 14 calendar days prior to the test date. If you miss the regular registration deadline, you may be able to register during the late registration period, which is up to seven days prior to the test date.

The year you plan to apply for medical school is the same year in which you should take the test. For example, if you are applying in 2012 for entrance to medical school in 2013, you should take the MCAT in 2012.


How much does the MCAT cost?

Regular registration for the MCAT is $270.00. If you register during the late registration period, you will be charged an additional $75 fee.


Where can I find study materials for MCAT?

Test takers can find information about MCAT preparation at


When do I get my scores?

Your scores should be released 30-35 days after your test date. They will be made available through the AAMC registration system at:


How can I submit my scores to medical colleges?

If you have taken the exam since 2003, your scores are automatically released to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). This means you do not need to take any extra steps to insert your scores into your application, but this also means that you cannot withhold any scores from AMCAS.