Top 10 Tips for MCAT Examinees: Registration & Scheduling

As you prepare to register and schedule your MCAT exam, the AAMC has developed a list of the top 10 tips to get you ready for opening day.

1. Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for MCAT updates and information. Look for the hashtag #MCATtip for more tips about registration, selecting your test date and location, and test day. Also follow @AAMCPreMed to learn about all of the AAMC's premed resources.

2. Read the MCAT Essentials. This document is crucial to a successful experience during your MCAT exam. It provides critical information about MCAT policies and procedures, and is required reading at the time you register for the MCAT exam. You will agree to the terms listed in the Essentials by registering for the exam. This free resource is required reading for all MCAT registrants. It contains important information about registration, selecting a test date and location, test-day policies, scoring details, and more. Reading this before you register and take your exam will help you feel more prepared. Plus it is required reading!

3. Know when registration opens for your desired test dates.

  • October 25, 2018—for January-June dates
  • February 6, 2019—for July-September dates

*Exact date will be announced via Twitter (@AAMC_MCAT) and our website.

4. Have your AAMC login information available. To have a faster registration and scheduling process, take a moment to set-up a user name and password with the AAMC, which will generate an AAMC ID number for you. Go to the MCAT Registration System and follow the link to create an AAMC ID. If you already have an AAMC ID, be sure to reset your password if necessary!

5. Have your government-issued ID. This will help ensure your registration matches your ID EXACTLY.  Hint: Make sure your ID will meet the test-day requirements.

6. Print a copy of the schedule of dates in advance and select your preferred date, along with a few alternate dates that would also work for you in the event that your first date choice is not available.

7. Have your Visa or MasterCard available. This will help ensure you do no lose your reservation due to searching for your credit card.

8. Know what the AAMC Fee Assistance Program is and how it works. The AAMC Fee Assistance Program assists MCAT examinees and AMCAS® applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT exam or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application. Apply for the Fee Assistance Program before you select your MCAT test date and location! Benefits are not retroactive.

9. Review the scheduling fees. Depending on when you register and select your MCAT test date and location, your fees may differ.

10. Contact the AAMC Services with questions. AAMC staff are available to assist MCAT examinees with any MCAT related questions that may arise. You may call 202-828-0600 between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on weekdays to speak with an AAMC staff member or contact us at

MCAT Essentials

The MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2019


Get answers to your questions about MCAT registration, scores, and more.