Registration and Scheduling with Accommodations

Process to register and schedule an MCAT exam with accommodations.

OCTOBER 7, 2020

We’ll be sharing more information soon about the scheduling process for examinees testing with accommodations. We schedule every examinee personally to ensure their requested testing accommodations are in place on test day. This highly individualized process means that scheduling is handled by a person instead of online and can take more time to complete.  
 
We are continuing to evaluate and make improvements to the accommodations scheduling process. We have collected input from our examinees during the 2020 testing year and are working to implement ways to make the process better.  We will be sharing more information about these enhancements through our website and email before 2021 registration opens later this fall.  

 

You may register for and schedule an MCAT exam before or after you have been approved to take the exam with accommodations. Described below are the actions you must take to successfully register and schedule your exam with accommodations. 

When selecting a test date, please note that the review process for requesting accommodations may take up to 60 days and you must be approved prior to the Silver Zone deadline for your preferred test date. Learn more about Review Cycles and Important Dates.

Registering and Scheduling Your Exam with Accommodations

  • We encourage you to register and schedule an exam in the MCAT Registration System for your preferred test date and location as soon as possible. This will increase the likelihood of securing your preferred location and your preferred test date.
  • If you have been approved for accommodations and you currently have a standard appointment, Pearson VUE will reach out to you as your exam date gets closer. You also have the option to submit the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form to start that process now. Please direct any questions regarding scheduling your exam with accommodations to Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450.

Note: If you have scheduled an MCAT exam date and your accommodations request has been approved, it is not guaranteed that your selected location will be able to support delivery of your approved accommodations. On occasion, your appointment location or exam date may be changed to provide all your approved accommodations. 

  • Log into the MCAT Registration System and complete the required Personal, Biographic, Background, Consents, and Use of Personal Info sections.
  • After completing the registration information above, do NOT proceed to the last section labeled Scheduling, which allows you to select a test date and location. Please complete the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form to request your preferred date and location. Please direct any questions regarding scheduling your exam with accommodations to Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450. Pearson VUE representatives will have the most up-to-date information about locations that are able to support delivery of your approved accommodations. 

Note: You may schedule your exam date and location online; however, it is not guaranteed that your selected location will be able to support delivery of your approved accommodations. If you scheduled your exam online and your accommodations are approved, please complete the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form and/or call Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450 to ensure you will receive your approved accommodations.

  • All standard scheduling policies apply. You may still pursue a Reconsideration or Appeal request; however, please take review cycles into consideration. If it is after the Silver Zone deadline, you may test under standard conditions or choose to cancel your exam to allow time for additional review.

Cancellations and Rescheduling 

Once your exam has been scheduled with your approved accommodations, you will not be able to cancel or reschedule your exam online. If you wish to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT (excluding holidays). All standard MCAT scheduling deadlines and fees will apply. 

Testing Over Multiple Days

Due to the length of the standard MCAT exam, all examinees approved for extended exam time will test over multiple, consecutive days. Other accommodations may also require testing over multiple days; your approval letter will specify if this is necessary.

Exams administered over two days will be scheduled on pre-determined, consecutive days, with two sections administered per day. The order of the test sections will be the same as standard test administrations.

 

2020 Potential Double Day Exam Dates*

January 17th & 18th

January 23rd & 24th

March 14th & 15th

March 27th & 28th

April 4th & 5th

April 24th & 25th

May 9th & 10th

May 15th & 16th

May 21st & 22nd

May 29th & May 30th

June 5th & 6th

June 19th & 20th

June 27th & 28th

July 7th & 8th

July 18th & 19th

July 23rd & 24th

July 31st & August 1st

August 7th & 8th

August 14th & 15th

August 29th & 30th

September 3rd & 4th

September 11th & 12th

September 27th & 28th


*2021 double day exam dates coming soon.

If you are approved for testing over multiple days and anticipate testing in Canada, please review our schedule for Canada specific multi-day testing: Canada Double Day chart

Keep in mind:

  • Pearson VUE’s call center is not open on weekends: If you are scheduling, rescheduling, or cancelling an exam appointment close to one of the zone deadlines, you will need to call Pearson VUE during normal business hours on or before the zone deadline date. The Pearson VUE call center is open 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT Monday – Friday.
  • Be mindful of review cycles: When choosing your test date, make sure to leave enough time for the review of your application as well as the confirmation process. See the table on our Review Cycles and Important Dates section for more information.
  • Consider scheduling early: You may wish to consider scheduling an exam while you wait for a determination on your request to increase your chances of testing on your preferred date or at your preferred location.

Contact Pearson VUE

Telephone: 1-800-466-0450
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. CT Monday – Friday (excluding holidays)

Note: Pearson VUE is not involved in the application review process and cannot provide any information regarding your application status. Pearson VUE is not authorized to alter or make additions to previously approved accommodations. All accommodation approvals must come from MCAT Accommodation Services, and any questions should be directed to accommodations@aamc.org

COVID-19 Updates to the Accommodations Process

MCAT Exam with Accommodations FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about applying for accommodated testing.

Contact MCAT Accommodations Services

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Privacy

To protect the applicant, the MCAT Office of Accommodated Testing will not accept inquiries from third parties regarding an applicant or his/her accommodation request unless specifically an MCAT Accommodations Authorization to Release Health Information form has been submitted.