Top 10 Tips for MCAT Examinees: Registration

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

1. Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for MCAT updates and information. Look for the hashtag #MCATtip for more tips about registration and test day. Also follow @AAMCPreMed to learn about all of the AAMC's pre-med 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. You will agree to the terms listed in the Essentials by registering for the MCAT exam.This  free resource is required reading for all MCAT registrants. It contains important information about registration, 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 19, 2016—for January-June dates
  • February 8, 2017—for July-September dates

4. Create your AAMC ID. To have a faster registration process, take a moment to set-up a user name and password with the AAMC, which will generate an ID number for you. Go to the MCAT Scheduling and 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!

4. 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.

5. 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 register for the MCAT exam! Benefits are not retroactive.

9. Review the registration fees. Depending on when you are registering and when/where you plan to take the MCAT exam, 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.

MCAT Essentials

The MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2017


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