After You Have Received an Initial Determination

Depending on the outcome of your Initial Application, you may find the following guidelines for other application types useful:

An application that has been found to be incomplete does not provide sufficient information to allow for a full review of your request. This is not a denial. In these instances, we will await further information from you before proceeding with making a determination of your application. Once your application has been re-submitted for review with the requested information/documentation, the applicable review cycle will re-start. The review cycle for initial applications is up to 60 days and up to 30 days for all other application types.  

  1. If your evaluation is deemed incomplete, we encourage you to share your determination letter with your evaluator or another qualified professional.
  2. Your re-submission should address all of the concerns outlined in your determination letter.
  3. Please upload additional information in MAO to complete your application.
  4. Review your application for completeness before submission. Should you or your evaluator have any questions about the review process, please contact us at accommodations@aamc.org.

Your approval letter specifies a period of eligibility for the approved accommodations.  If you wish to take the MCAT exam (with accommodations) after this period of eligibility has expired, you will need to obtain an extension of your approval.

To request testing accommodations for future MCAT exams (beyond your current approval period), please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the Extension Form.
  2. Review your previously submitted application to confirm that the documentation on file meets currency guidelines. If your documentation is no longer current, we may require updated information. (See the Evaluation Guidelines associated with your disability)
  3. Ensure that all documents are submitted together, in one package, to our office. Extension Forms may only be sent in by mail or courier to the address below:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Attn: Mailroom Supervisor
MCAT Accommodation Services
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

Wish to have your application re-reviewed?

You may have concerns about your determination and wish to have your application re-reviewed. Should you so choose, you have the option of requesting a Reconsideration.

Your Reconsideration should include new and substantial information, such as new test results or information from a new qualified professional. A letter of appeal written by you or your qualified professional is insufficient for a Reconsideration. The standard review cycle for a Reconsideration is up to 30 days.

To initiate a Reconsideration, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the Reconsideration Form
  2. Collect all additional documentation supporting your request. You may wish to consult a qualified professional for assistance identifying the appropriate supporting documentation.
  3. Ensure that all documents are submitted together, in one package, to our office. Reconsideration Forms may only be sent in by mail or courier to the address below:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Attn: Mailroom Supervisor
MCAT Accommodation Services
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

If your request for accommodations was partially approved or denied, and you do not have any additional or substantially different documentation to provide, you may request an Appeal. Please note that an Appeal may only be submitted once and determinations are final. Please carefully consider whether a Reconsideration or an Appeal is the next best step. The standard review cycle for Appeals is up to 30 days.

To submit an Appeal, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the Appeal Form.
  2. Appeal Forms may only be sent in by mail or courier to the address below:

Association of American Medical Colleges
Attn: Mailroom Supervisor
MCAT Accommodation Services
655 K Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001

 

Keep in mind:

  • All application materials must be in English.
  • Keep a copy of all documentation you are submitting with your request. The AAMC will not return your documentation or forward it to any third party.
  • Submit all materials together. Once an application has been submitted, we will not accept any additional documentation.
  • Due to privacy reasons, application materials will not be accepted over email or fax.
  • Determinations cannot be changed over the phone or by email. Requests must be formally submitted through one of the available application processes outlined above.
  • We cannot discuss your application with any third party (including parents) without an authorization for release of information form from you.
  • If necessary, your application may be forwarded for further review to an external reviewer with expertise in the area of your impairment at the discretion of the Director of Accommodations Review. Your documentation will be kept strictly confidential.

Once a determination has been made on your request, we will notify you via email. You can view your determination letter by logging into the MCAT Accommodations Online (MAO) system. Your determination letter will also outline any additional steps you may need to take.

MCAT Exam with Accommodations FAQ

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

Contact the MCAT® Office of Accommodated Testing Services

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 authorized to do so by the applicant in writing.