MCAT Registration and Scheduling in 2021

Updated January 15, 2021

  • Registration will open for the April, May, and June test dates the week of February 15. We will provide more details in the coming weeks. 
  • We are offering make-up dates on January 31 and February 1 to help examinees who have submitted an application to be considered for the class entering a program that begins in fall 2021, We have emailed all eligible examinees. Scores for these dates will be reported on February 16. If you have questions, please email us at mcat@aamc.org.
  • We are closely monitoring pandemic conditions in all testing locations, including national, state, and local guidelines on health and safety. The AAMC will follow government guidance when making cancellation decisions. We will notify examinees by email approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of test dates if their exams are at risk of being canceled. Examinees will receive cancellation notices about 10 days in advance by email.
  • Please read more under the Rescheduling and Cancellations section at the bottom of this page.  

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.

Informational videos about the MCAT Registration Waiting Room and the MCAT Registration System are now available.

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

Registration

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. 
  • Week of February 15 – Register for April, May, and June dates. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. (updated January 15, 2021)
  • 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.

 

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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. Scores from the January 2021 exams will be reported in about two weeks to help students who still want to take the MCAT exam and submit scores in their 2021 applications. 

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

 

Rescheduling and Cancellations

Rescheduling and Cancellation Fees

Fees are waived for the January-March and April-June test dates to give examinees flexibility to change their exams as needed. These policies will be evaluated for the July-September testing period. 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. The health and safety guidance changes frequently and is varied across the country. Exams may be canceled due to stay-at-home orders, curfews, restrictions on business operations, and reductions in occupancy limits. Please read our FAQs in the Registration and Scheduling section of the website to learn more about how these restrictions may impact exams.

Timelines
•    Examinees will receive an email 3-4 weeks in advance of their date if their exam is at risk of being canceled due to state and local health and safety restrictions. 
•    Cancellation emails will be sent approximately 10 days before an exam date if the restrictions do not lift.

  • Please note health and safety guidance can change on short notice. There may be times that we will need to cancel exams with fewer than 10 days notice or without sending an at-risk email. We will inform you by email if your exam is canceled and work with you to find a make-up date.

 

Cancelling After the Bronze Zone Deadline

If you urgently need to cancel your exam after the Bronze Zone deadline (eight days before your exam) due to COVID-19, please submit an  Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System. Please provide documentation and an explanation about why you are unable to attend your exam. Please reference a COVID-19 test result, your potential exposure, or your need to quarantine.

Your Emergency Refund Request will be reviewed after your exam date, and your exam will go into a “no show” status and count as a testing attempt. A “no show” status is an internal record only that cannot be removed or changed and will not be presented on any medical school applications you may have. 

You will receive notification of any approved refunds within two weeks of receipt of the required documentation. Approved refunds will be applied to the method of payment used for the original exam.
If approved, you will receive a refund in accordance with the fee structure and, if needed, a testing attempt will be credited to you.

Please note: After you submit an Emergency Refund Request, you are required to follow the current guidelines about when you may sit for the MCAT exam.

For non-COVID-19-related emergency refunds, please see the Emergency Refund section in The Essentials. 

2021 MCAT Calendar (U.S.)

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2021 MCAT Calendar (Canada)

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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

COVID-19 MCAT FAQs