Accommodations

I have a disability or medical condition that makes it difficult to wear a mask for the duration of the test. I believe I need an adjustment to the mask requirement.

Face masks are required while testing at a Pearson VUE-owned test centers. If you have a disability or medical condition that you believe requires an adjustment to this requirement, you must apply and be approved for an accommodation before test day. Additional information and instructions on applying for accommodations can be found on the MCAT Accommodation Services web pages. For questions or additional guidance, please contact MCAT Accommodation Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

I have a disability or medical condition that makes it difficult to wear a mask for the duration of the test. I believe I need an adjustment to the mask requirement.

Face masks are required while testing at a Pearson VUE-owned test centers. If you have a disability or medical condition that you believe requires an adjustment to this requirement, you must apply and be approved for an accommodation before test day. Additional information and instructions on applying for accommodations can be found on the MCAT Accommodation Services web pages. For questions or additional guidance, please contact MCAT Accommodation Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

I am immunocompromised. What are my options to take the MCAT exam safely?

If you are immunocompromised and require an adjustment to the standard testing conditions, we encourage you to apply for an accommodation. Accommodations will not be provided without prior approval. Additional information and instructions on applying for accommodations can be found on the MCAT Accommodation Services web pages. For questions or additional guidance, please contact MCAT Accommodation Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

 

I am immunocompromised. What are my options to take the MCAT exam safely?

If you are immunocompromised and require an adjustment to the standard testing conditions, we encourage you to apply for an accommodation. Accommodations will not be provided without prior approval. Additional information and instructions on applying for accommodations can be found on the MCAT Accommodation Services web pages. For questions or additional guidance, please contact MCAT Accommodation Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

 

How do I submit my mailed-in documentation during COVID-19?

We are currently unable to receive documentation submitted via mail due to COVID-19. Initial applications should be submitted using the MCAT Accommodations Online system. Requests for Extensions, Reconsiderations, Appeals, and the MCAT Accommodation Services Financial Benefit (and supporting documentation) should be submitted via email at mcat_accoms_docs@aamc.org. Please only submit your application using the methods described above to avoid unnecessary delays in the review of your request.

How do I submit my mailed-in documentation during COVID-19?

We are currently unable to receive documentation submitted via mail due to COVID-19. Initial applications should be submitted using the MCAT Accommodations Online system. Requests for Extensions, Reconsiderations, Appeals, and the MCAT Accommodation Services Financial Benefit (and supporting documentation) should be submitted via email at mcat_accoms_docs@aamc.org. Please only submit your application using the methods described above to avoid unnecessary delays in the review of your request.

What do I do if my doctor's office is closed and I'm unable to receive the necessary documentation for my accommodations application?

We are aware that some applicants may encounter challenges in gathering necessary documentation to support requests for accommodations due to factors related to COVID-19. If you encounter difficulties, please reach out to us at accommodations@aamc.org to discuss options on how to proceed. All applications for accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; while consideration is given to the challenges you may have experienced related to COVID-19, please keep in mind that this does not guarantee a particular outcome.

What do I do if my doctor's office is closed and I'm unable to receive the necessary documentation for my accommodations application?

We are aware that some applicants may encounter challenges in gathering necessary documentation to support requests for accommodations due to factors related to COVID-19. If you encounter difficulties, please reach out to us at accommodations@aamc.org to discuss options on how to proceed. All applications for accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis; while consideration is given to the challenges you may have experienced related to COVID-19, please keep in mind that this does not guarantee a particular outcome.

My application for accommodations has been approved. How do I schedule my exam with accommodations?

Once approved, Pearson VUE is your main point of contact to schedule your exam with accommodations. We are finalizing the process for scheduling your MCAT exam with accommodations for the 2021 testing year. Please check back here for information on updates to the process.

My application for accommodations has been approved. How do I schedule my exam with accommodations?

Once approved, Pearson VUE is your main point of contact to schedule your exam with accommodations. We are finalizing the process for scheduling your MCAT exam with accommodations for the 2021 testing year. Please check back here for information on updates to the process.

Will my accommodations be affected by the health and safety measures at test centers?

All examinees scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations for which they’ve been approved to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic.
 
While we are committed to seeing that the needs of accommodated examinees are met, some testing accommodations, particularly those that involve a human aide (e.g., paper exam/proctor, reader, etc.), may require some adjustment in order to comply with relevant social distancing measures. If you have questions about the impact of these changes on your specific accommodations, please contact MCAT Accommodations Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

Will my accommodations be affected by the health and safety measures at test centers?

All examinees scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations for which they’ve been approved to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic.
 
While we are committed to seeing that the needs of accommodated examinees are met, some testing accommodations, particularly those that involve a human aide (e.g., paper exam/proctor, reader, etc.), may require some adjustment in order to comply with relevant social distancing measures. If you have questions about the impact of these changes on your specific accommodations, please contact MCAT Accommodations Services at accommodations@aamc.org.

My accommodations include testing over two days. Will I be scheduled for the same start time each day?

Exam scheduling is based on availability for all examinees. The start times for each day of a two-day exam will depend on the appointments that are available at the time you schedule your exam.

My accommodations include testing over two days. Will I be scheduled for the same start time each day?

Exam scheduling is based on availability for all examinees. The start times for each day of a two-day exam will depend on the appointments that are available at the time you schedule your exam.

MCAT Scores

Will you be reporting scores in two weeks, as you did in 2020?

2020 was an exceptional year and we made adjustments as needed to adapt to the special circumstances we faced. In particular, we had to find a way to conduct the equivalent of seven months of testing in just four months. To meet this challenge, we shortened the test, added more sessions per day and expedited scoring reports. These were necessary compromises for the time, but it was always understood that these changes would be temporary.

 

In 2021, we expect to administer tests on a normal full-year schedule. We have also added an extra January test date and are offering an afternoon testing session to provide more flexibility as well. Scores will be reported in 30-35 days, as in a typical testing year.

 

We are basing these plans on the best information available to us at this time. If circumstances change, we will adjust as necessary.

 

Will you be reporting scores in two weeks, as you did in 2020?

2020 was an exceptional year and we made adjustments as needed to adapt to the special circumstances we faced. In particular, we had to find a way to conduct the equivalent of seven months of testing in just four months. To meet this challenge, we shortened the test, added more sessions per day and expedited scoring reports. These were necessary compromises for the time, but it was always understood that these changes would be temporary.

 

In 2021, we expect to administer tests on a normal full-year schedule. We have also added an extra January test date and are offering an afternoon testing session to provide more flexibility as well. Scores will be reported in 30-35 days, as in a typical testing year.

 

We are basing these plans on the best information available to us at this time. If circumstances change, we will adjust as necessary.

 

Will you report scores more quickly for those examinees testing in January who are applying to medical school in 2021?

In 2021, we will return to reporting scores in 30-35 days, including for January examinees. However, we are actively communicating with the admissions community about this issue. They are aware of the reporting time for January examinees who were not able to test when they originally planned.

Will you report scores more quickly for those examinees testing in January who are applying to medical school in 2021?

In 2021, we will return to reporting scores in 30-35 days, including for January examinees. However, we are actively communicating with the admissions community about this issue. They are aware of the reporting time for January examinees who were not able to test when they originally planned.

Registration and Scheduling

Why are you opening registration for only three months at a time?

The course of the COVID-19 pandemic remains uncertain. Opening three months of test dates at a time will help us make adjustments to the testing program based on the most current health and safety guidance. Going from two to three registration periods will also help us provide better customer service to examinees. Information about registration and any revisions to the testing policies will be available in advance of registration openings.

 

Why are you opening registration for only three months at a time?

The course of the COVID-19 pandemic remains uncertain. Opening three months of test dates at a time will help us make adjustments to the testing program based on the most current health and safety guidance. Going from two to three registration periods will also help us provide better customer service to examinees. Information about registration and any revisions to the testing policies will be available in advance of registration openings.

 

Will you add 2021 exam dates to make up for cancelled exams in 2020?

Yes, we added an additional exam date in January so that more students can test at the beginning of the new testing year.

 

Will you add 2021 exam dates to make up for cancelled exams in 2020?

Yes, we added an additional exam date in January so that more students can test at the beginning of the new testing year.

 

How can I reschedule my exam due to concerns or restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For test dates in January and March, all rescheduling and cancellation fees are waived. You may reschedule your exam up until the Bronze Zone deadline (8 days before the exam date). After this time, you can submit an Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System.

How can I reschedule my exam due to concerns or restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

For test dates in January and March, all rescheduling and cancellation fees are waived. You may reschedule your exam up until the Bronze Zone deadline (8 days before the exam date). After this time, you can submit an Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System.

How will I know if my test center is closed on my exam date?

If your exam needs to be canceled due to a COVID-19 test center closure, you will receive an email from the AAMC or Pearson VUE with options for rescheduling. If you do not receive a notice by email, your exam will proceed as planned.

 

How will I know if my test center is closed on my exam date?

If your exam needs to be canceled due to a COVID-19 test center closure, you will receive an email from the AAMC or Pearson VUE with options for rescheduling. If you do not receive a notice by email, your exam will proceed as planned.

 

How early will you make decisions to cancel exams in 2021?

We will continue to monitor changing COVID-19 conditions, as well as local and national health and safety guidance. We are reviewing our notification processes and will update this page with more information about how we will keep you informed of your exam’s status.

 

How early will you make decisions to cancel exams in 2021?

We will continue to monitor changing COVID-19 conditions, as well as local and national health and safety guidance. We are reviewing our notification processes and will update this page with more information about how we will keep you informed of your exam’s status.

 

Health and Safety

What are you doing to ensure the health and safety of examinees when MCAT administrations resume in January?

Examinee health and safety continues to be a priority. There will continue to be multiple health and safety measures in place at all test centers, including:

 

  • Requiring the use of face masks for all staff and MCAT examinees. (Anyone who does not comply with the policy will be removed from the test center.)
  • Limiting the number of people in each MCAT test session.
  • Observing social distancing between individuals in the testing room.
  • Approving the use of gloves while testing (upon inspection).
  • Allowing personal hand sanitizer bottles in the test room (upon inspection).
  • Having hand sanitizer available during testing. Examinees will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before they enter the testing room.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments and throughout the day.
  • Requiring examinees to acknowledge that they meet the below requirements and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing by providing their signature on the e-pad during check-in.
  • Utilize clear sneeze guards to create a barrier between test center staff and examinees during check in.

Please visit the Protecting Your Health and Safety Information on Test Day page and Pearson VUE’s website for a comprehensive list of health and safety measures in place at all test centers.  

 

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization for more information on COVID-19 and the most current health and safety guidance.

What are you doing to ensure the health and safety of examinees when MCAT administrations resume in January?

Examinee health and safety continues to be a priority. There will continue to be multiple health and safety measures in place at all test centers, including:

 

  • Requiring the use of face masks for all staff and MCAT examinees. (Anyone who does not comply with the policy will be removed from the test center.)
  • Limiting the number of people in each MCAT test session.
  • Observing social distancing between individuals in the testing room.
  • Approving the use of gloves while testing (upon inspection).
  • Allowing personal hand sanitizer bottles in the test room (upon inspection).
  • Having hand sanitizer available during testing. Examinees will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before they enter the testing room.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments and throughout the day.
  • Requiring examinees to acknowledge that they meet the below requirements and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing by providing their signature on the e-pad during check-in.
  • Utilize clear sneeze guards to create a barrier between test center staff and examinees during check in.

Please visit the Protecting Your Health and Safety Information on Test Day page and Pearson VUE’s website for a comprehensive list of health and safety measures in place at all test centers.  

 

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization for more information on COVID-19 and the most current health and safety guidance.

Will you continue the health and safety protections when testing resumes in January?

Strict health and safety protocols will be in place at the test centers. Everyone is required to wear a mask in the test center at all times except when eating or drinking in designated areas. There is social distancing in the test center and between workstations and only every other workstation will be in use, a limit on the number of people in the test center, and thorough cleaning practices. Examinees will be required to read the health requirements for testing prior to test day, and before entering the test center. They will be asked to sign the e-Pad, which acknowledges that they have read and meet the requirements posted on the test center door and next to the check-in desk. Anyone who doesn’t meet the requirements or who is exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave.  
 
These protocols are robust and designed to protect examinees and test center staff for the full duration of time they are in the building. The AAMC continues to monitor the health and safety protocols and will continue this practice in 2021 to remediate issues and make improvements. Please visit our health and safety page for more information.  

 

 

Will you continue the health and safety protections when testing resumes in January?

Strict health and safety protocols will be in place at the test centers. Everyone is required to wear a mask in the test center at all times except when eating or drinking in designated areas. There is social distancing in the test center and between workstations and only every other workstation will be in use, a limit on the number of people in the test center, and thorough cleaning practices. Examinees will be required to read the health requirements for testing prior to test day, and before entering the test center. They will be asked to sign the e-Pad, which acknowledges that they have read and meet the requirements posted on the test center door and next to the check-in desk. Anyone who doesn’t meet the requirements or who is exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave.  
 
These protocols are robust and designed to protect examinees and test center staff for the full duration of time they are in the building. The AAMC continues to monitor the health and safety protocols and will continue this practice in 2021 to remediate issues and make improvements. Please visit our health and safety page for more information.  

 

 

I am a healthcare worker. Will I be able to take the exam?

Medical and health care professionals who have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days of their test date will be permitted to test if both they and the patient were wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Please see our Protecting Your Health and Safety Information on Test Day page and Pearson VUE’s website for more information.

 

I am a healthcare worker. Will I be able to take the exam?

Medical and health care professionals who have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days of their test date will be permitted to test if both they and the patient were wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Please see our Protecting Your Health and Safety Information on Test Day page and Pearson VUE’s website for more information.

 

I live with someone who is immunocompromised. Is a private room available for me to test?

Our private rooms are reserved for examinees who require separate testing due to a disability or health condition. The health and safety protocols in place at test centers are layered by design to prevent spread of the coronavirus even if an asymptomatic individual entered the test center. Social distancing and mask requirements in addition to frequent cleaning practices safeguard against any lapses in the protocols. These protections help keep examinees and those with whom they live safe.

 

 

I live with someone who is immunocompromised. Is a private room available for me to test?

Our private rooms are reserved for examinees who require separate testing due to a disability or health condition. The health and safety protocols in place at test centers are layered by design to prevent spread of the coronavirus even if an asymptomatic individual entered the test center. Social distancing and mask requirements in addition to frequent cleaning practices safeguard against any lapses in the protocols. These protections help keep examinees and those with whom they live safe.

 

 

What if I feel sick on test day?

Do not go to the test center if you feel sick on test day. Instead, please stay home and file an Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System. Once your original exam date passes, you may schedule another exam. Please review the health and safety requirements for testing on our health and safety page.

 

 

What if I feel sick on test day?

Do not go to the test center if you feel sick on test day. Instead, please stay home and file an Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System. Once your original exam date passes, you may schedule another exam. Please review the health and safety requirements for testing on our health and safety page.

 

 

I was exposed to COVID-19 recently or have tested positive. When can I test?

You cannot test if:

 

  • You believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have recently tested positive; or
  • You have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or have tested positive within the last 14 days of your exam date.

If it is more than 8 days before your exam date, you can reschedule or cancel your exam for free in the MCAT Registration System. Otherwise you must file and Emergency Refund Request in the system. Once your original exam date passes, you may schedule another exam. Please review the health and safety requirements for testing on our health and safety page.

 

 

I was exposed to COVID-19 recently or have tested positive. When can I test?

You cannot test if:

 

  • You believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have recently tested positive; or
  • You have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or have tested positive within the last 14 days of your exam date.

If it is more than 8 days before your exam date, you can reschedule or cancel your exam for free in the MCAT Registration System. Otherwise you must file and Emergency Refund Request in the system. Once your original exam date passes, you may schedule another exam. Please review the health and safety requirements for testing on our health and safety page.

 

 

How can I report a violation of a health and safety protocol?

The AAMC is committed to keeping examinees healthy and safe. There are six different ways you can report a health and safety violation depending on your preference for sharing this information. All reports will be treated in a confidential manner and there are no repercussions for reporting this critical information to the AAMC.

  1. Notify your proctor immediately.
  2. Send an email to mcatsafety@aamc.org
  3. Submit your concern through our online form
  4. Call the anonymous tip line at 202-828-0973
  5. Email mcat@aamc.org
  6. Contact AAMC at 202-828-0600

How can I report a violation of a health and safety protocol?

The AAMC is committed to keeping examinees healthy and safe. There are six different ways you can report a health and safety violation depending on your preference for sharing this information. All reports will be treated in a confidential manner and there are no repercussions for reporting this critical information to the AAMC.

  1. Notify your proctor immediately.
  2. Send an email to mcatsafety@aamc.org
  3. Submit your concern through our online form
  4. Call the anonymous tip line at 202-828-0973
  5. Email mcat@aamc.org
  6. Contact AAMC at 202-828-0600

Testing Plans for 2021

Will you be offering an online-proctored MCAT exam?

No. The AAMC has studied this option carefully and we have concluded at this time that there is no way to ensure equal access and test integrity by administering an online proctored exam.

 

As testing technology advances and issues of access are better addressed, we will continue to re-examine this issue. At this time, the only way to administer fair and accurate tests is in professional testing centers.

 

Will you be offering an online-proctored MCAT exam?

No. The AAMC has studied this option carefully and we have concluded at this time that there is no way to ensure equal access and test integrity by administering an online proctored exam.

 

As testing technology advances and issues of access are better addressed, we will continue to re-examine this issue. At this time, the only way to administer fair and accurate tests is in professional testing centers.

 

Why aren’t you offering the shortened exam in 2021?

2020 was an exceptional year and we made adjustments as needed to adapt to the special circumstances we faced. In particular, we had to find a way to conduct the equivalent of seven months of testing in just four months. To meet this challenge, we shortened the test, added more sessions per day and expedited scoring reports. These were necessary compromises for the time, but it was always understood that these changes would be temporary.

 

In 2021, we expect to administer tests on a normal full-year schedule. We have also added an extra January test date and are offering an afternoon testing session to provide more flexibility as well. Scores will be reported in 30-35 days, as in a typical testing year.

 

We are basing these plans on the best information available to us at this time. If circumstances change, we will adjust as necessary.

 

Why aren’t you offering the shortened exam in 2021?

2020 was an exceptional year and we made adjustments as needed to adapt to the special circumstances we faced. In particular, we had to find a way to conduct the equivalent of seven months of testing in just four months. To meet this challenge, we shortened the test, added more sessions per day and expedited scoring reports. These were necessary compromises for the time, but it was always understood that these changes would be temporary.

 

In 2021, we expect to administer tests on a normal full-year schedule. We have also added an extra January test date and are offering an afternoon testing session to provide more flexibility as well. Scores will be reported in 30-35 days, as in a typical testing year.

 

We are basing these plans on the best information available to us at this time. If circumstances change, we will adjust as necessary.

 

Test Preparation

If my exam was canceled or if I voluntarily canceled my exam, can I get my AAMC MCAT Official Prep products extended for testing year 2021?

The AAMC will extend access to MCAT Official Prep products through September 30, 2021 for all examinees whose exams were canceled due to the impact of COVID-19 and who did not reschedule an appointment in Testing Year 2020. The extension will apply to products that are set to expire between March 11, 2020 – September 29, 2021. The extensions are intended to aid examinees who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Anyone whose exams was canceled due to the coronavirus closures OR who voluntarily canceled an exam reservation on or after March 11, 2020 and did not test before September 30, 2020.
  • Anyone who meets the above criteria and has products associated with their AAMC account expiring between March 11, 2020 – September 29, 2021.

Please note: Product reactivations or extensions will take one to two weeks after September 30, 2020 to automatically appear in a user’s MCAT Official Prep dashboard.

 

If my exam was canceled or if I voluntarily canceled my exam, can I get my AAMC MCAT Official Prep products extended for testing year 2021?

The AAMC will extend access to MCAT Official Prep products through September 30, 2021 for all examinees whose exams were canceled due to the impact of COVID-19 and who did not reschedule an appointment in Testing Year 2020. The extension will apply to products that are set to expire between March 11, 2020 – September 29, 2021. The extensions are intended to aid examinees who meet the following criteria:

 

  • Anyone whose exams was canceled due to the coronavirus closures OR who voluntarily canceled an exam reservation on or after March 11, 2020 and did not test before September 30, 2020.
  • Anyone who meets the above criteria and has products associated with their AAMC account expiring between March 11, 2020 – September 29, 2021.

Please note: Product reactivations or extensions will take one to two weeks after September 30, 2020 to automatically appear in a user’s MCAT Official Prep dashboard.

 

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