Top 10 Tips For MCAT Examinees: Test Day
1. Check your appointment the day before your exam. On occasion, changes occur, so make sure you have the current address to your testing center. If you have been contacted by Pearson VUE or AAMC regarding your reservation, please reply as this may have implications on your appointment.
2. Read the. This document is crucial to a successful experience during your MCAT exam. It provides critical information about MCAT policies and procedures, and was required reading at the time you registered for the MCAT. You agreed to the terms listed in the Essentials by registering for the MCAT exam.
3.. Every testing platform is unique and knowing how to move through the exam, select answers, highlight passages, and strikeout answers is important. Understanding the various features and functions of the MCAT Exam before you arrive on test day will help you feel more prepared. Please note: The AAMC is making enhancements to the way the MCAT exam interface looks, feels, and functions on test day beginning with the 2018 testing year. In mid-December, the free Practice with Exam Features tool will be updated for you to preview and practice interacting with the new interface.
4. Learn about theprocess in advance. This short video provides you with a detailed overview of how the process will work at the test center. Knowing this in advance will help you better understand what to expect on test day.
5. ReadYour is required reading, and you will have to indicate your acceptance of it through the Test-Day Certification Statement before you even begin answering questions on test day. Be sure you understand why it’s important and what you are agreeing to when you take the exam.
6. Read through the “.” These guidelines provide a summary and examples of what you can and can’t say after you sit for your exam.
7. Be sure you have a
**If you are unable to provide the required identification, or if you have any questions about our identification policies, you must contact AAMC Services no later than the , at 202-828-0600 for further assistance.
8. Plan to arrive at the testing center 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Test administrators will start checking examinees in 30 minutes before the exams starts. Hint: Check the time zone of the test center and make sure to review campus map(s) if your test center is located at a college or university.
9. Bring food and drink. The MCAT exam is 7 hours and 27 minutes if you use all of the allotted time for each section and between section breaks. This also includes the 30-minute mid-exam break. We encourage you bring food and drink given the long testing day. Note that you can’t leave the testing center!
10. Report any issues to the Test Administrators (TAs). Each test center has TAs on staff to assist you. In the unlikely event that you experience a technical problem, please remember to raise your hand and make sure the TA submits a center problem report. If you believe that test center conditions interfered with your performance on the exam, and wish to have the AAMC research what occurred, review Reporting a Test Day Incident in thefor instructions.