Application Time Frames and Types
Most initial requests for accommodations will be reviewed within 60 days of submission of a complete application. The review cycle for Reconsiderations, Appeals, and Extensions is 30 days. Remember that submitting an incomplete application may extend this time frame considerably and may prevent you from testing on your preferred test date with accommodations, so pay particular attention to thethat apply to your request.
You must submit your application far enough in advance to allow us time to confirm or arrange your accommodations on your preferred test day. We are not able to begin the confirmation process after your exam’s Silver Zone deadline, as that is the minimum amount of time needed to confirm your accommodations.
To help you submit your application on time, please refer to the table below. Submitting your complete application by the date listed will guarantee a decision in time for any approved accommodations to be confirmed for your exam date.
Submission Dates for Preferred Exam Date
|Exam Date (2017)||60-day Review Cycle*||30-day Review Cycle**|
|January 19||November 5, 2016||December 5, 2016|
|January 28||November 14, 2016||December 14, 2016|
|March 31||January 15, 2017||February 14, 2017|
|April 22||February 6||March 8|
|April 28||February 12||March 14|
|May 13||February 26||March 28|
|May 18 & 19||March 4||April 3|
|June 1||March 18||April 17|
|June 16 & 17||April 2||May 2|
|June 29 & 30||April 15||May 15|
|July 21 & 22||May 7||June 6|
|July 27 & 28||May 13||June 12|
|August 3||May 20||June 19|
|August 11||May 27||June 26|
|August 18 & 19||June 5||July 5|
|August 24||June 10||July 10|
|September 1 & 2||June 18||July 18|
|September 9||June 26||July 26|
*Applies to initial applications, including previously incomplete applications.
**Applies to Personal Medical Item Requests, Appeals, Reconsiderations, and Extensions.
An Initial application is your first request for accommodations and is submitted via MCAT Accommodations Online (MAO). The review cycle for an Initial application is 60 days for a complete application, so make sure to submit your application as soon as it is complete, but no later than the date in the table above that corresponds with your test date. To ensure your application is complete when you submit it, make sure to carefully review the Application Requirements associated with your request.
Personal Medical Item
If you have a medical condition that necessitates that you bring a personal item into the testing room and you are not requesting any other accommodations, the review period is shorter (30 days). You can still submit your application via.Your application should include a cover letter along with documentation in the form of a detailed letter from your physician, on letterhead, that explains the rationale for your request. Written notes on prescription paper will not be accepted. Examples of personal medical items include, but are not limited to:
- An insulin pump
- A cast
- A prosthetic device
- An inhaler
- Food or beverage
Your approval letter will specify when your accommodations expire. If you need to extend your approved accommodations beyond the specified date, you may submit an Extension Request. Before doing so, make sure the documentation you submitted with your initial application is still current. If the documentation is not current, you may need to submit updated information. Then, complete the form below and mail it to the address on the form. The review cycle for an Extension is 30 days.
Reconsideration and Appeal
If all or part of your request for accommodations was denied, you are welcome to request additional review of your application by submitting a Reconsideration or an Appeal request. The review cycle for both Reconsiderations and Appeals is 30 days.
We encourage you to submit a Reconsideration if you can gather additional and substantial evidence to support your request for accommodations. If you are submitting a Reconsideration, please complete the forms below and return to our offices along with the additional supporting documentation.
- : Please ask your evaluator to complete.
- : Submit all additional documentation with the Checklist for Evaluators along with Request for Reconsideration.
You may submit an Appeal if you would like to request additional review of your application and you do not have any additional documentation to provide. Please note that you may only submit an Appeal once, and our decision is final. To request an Appeal, complete and submit the form below.
Remember that all registration deadlines, fees, and policies remain in effect during the Reconsideration or Appeal process.