MCAT Registration and Scheduling in 2021

Updated October 7, 2020

The 2021 registration plans and testing year reflect the feedback we received from examinees, prehealth advisors, and admissions officers. We listened carefully to the suggestions – as well as the criticism – and have reviewed every aspect of the testing process in preparation for the 2021 testing year. We have made several improvements to make taking the MCAT exam a better experience for you, and we will continue to assess our plans and procedures so that we can make improvements as necessary.

Strict health and safety protocols will continue to be in place when testing resumes in January. These protocols are robust and designed to protect examinees and test center staff for the full duration of time they are in the building. Learn more about the protocols – including the health requirements that all examinees must follow.

Changes for the 2021 testing year at-a-glance:

  • There will be three registration dates (November, February, and May).
  • The full-length MCAT exam will be administered.
  • There will be two exams administered each test day.

Below please find additional details about registration and test day in 2021.



There are 31 MCAT testing dates between January and September, including a similar number of testing appointment as in previous years. We have added one extra date in January knowing there may be examinees in the U.S. who want to test and are applying to the 2021 application cycle.

Registration for the 2021 testing year will be staggered to give examinees a better scheduling experience and to allow the AAMC to adapt to shifting pandemic conditions.

  • Tuesday, November 10 at noon (ET) – Register for January and March dates
    • Preregistration starts on Monday, November 2 at noon (ET). Save time on registration day by filling out your information in the MCAT Registration System in advance. 
  • February – Register for April, May, and June dates
  • May – Register for July, August, and September dates

We will announce specific dates and times, as well as any policy changes, in advance of each registration opening.


Test Day

Beginning in January, the MCAT exam will once again return to its traditional length.

There are 50 minutes of breaks, a 10-minute tutorial, and a brief customer satisfaction survey at the end of your exam. These are optional on test day.

Each test day will offer two full-length exam sessions at 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. This schedule helps limit the number of people in the test center and allows for necessary social distancing.

As in a typical testing year, scores will be reported within a 30-35 day window following your test date.

Please visit our FAQs for questions about the test day and score reporting.


Rescheduling and Cancellations

Rescheduling and Cancellation Fees

Fees will continue to be waived for the January and March test dates to give examinees flexibility to change their exams as needed. These policies will be evaluated for the April-June and July-September testing periods. Policies will be updated and communicated to all examinees before registration begins for these months.

When deciding whether to reschedule or cancel an exam, please keep in mind that exam dates tend to fill up toward the end of the testing year.

Cancellation Notifications
During the pandemic, we’ll continue to monitor changing COVID-19 conditions, as well as state and local guidance. We are reviewing our notification processes and will update this page with more information about keeping you informed of your exam’s status.


2021 MCAT Calendar (U.S.)


2021 MCAT Calendar (Canada)


MCAT Scheduling Fees

MCAT scheduling fees for the 2021 testing year.

Protecting Your Health and Safety on Test Day

COVID-19 Updates to the Accommodations Process