Accommodations

Can I still apply for accommodations for the shortened MCAT exam?

Yes, you may still apply for accommodations for the shortened MCAT exam. Please note that standard submission dates and review timeframes apply. More information can be found on the Review Cycles and Important Dates page.

Can I still apply for accommodations for the shortened MCAT exam?

Yes, you may still apply for accommodations for the shortened MCAT exam. Please note that standard submission dates and review timeframes apply. More information can be found on the Review Cycles and Important Dates page.

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.

As part of the health and safety measures being implemented for the MCAT exam, face masks are now 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 are encouraged to apply for an accommodation. 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.

As part of the health and safety measures being implemented for the MCAT exam, face masks are now 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 are encouraged to apply for an accommodation. 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. 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. 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 paper exam accommodation. Will I receive my scores in two weeks similar to the standard shortened exam?

It is our goal to provide scores for paper exam administrations within the expedited two week time frame for 2020. However, we are unable to guarantee this scoring time frame for paper exam administrations due to the impact of COVID-19 on shipment services and expected delivery delays.

 

I have a paper exam accommodation. Will I receive my scores in two weeks similar to the standard shortened exam?

It is our goal to provide scores for paper exam administrations within the expedited two week time frame for 2020. However, we are unable to guarantee this scoring time frame for paper exam administrations due to the impact of COVID-19 on shipment services and expected delivery delays.

 

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 (MAO) 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 be sure you have submitted your application using the methods listed 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 (MAO) 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 be sure you have submitted your application using the methods listed 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 the documentation necessary to support requests for accommodations due to factors related to COVID-19. If you have encountered such difficulties, please reach out to us at accommodations@aamc.org for options on how to proceed. All applications for accommodations are reviewed on a case by case basis; consideration will be given to the unique challenges you may have experienced related to COVID-19.

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 the documentation necessary to support requests for accommodations due to factors related to COVID-19. If you have encountered such difficulties, please reach out to us at accommodations@aamc.org for options on how to proceed. All applications for accommodations are reviewed on a case by case basis; consideration will be given to the unique challenges you may have experienced related to COVID-19.

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

Please note, Pearson VUE will continue to be your main point of contact to schedule your exam with accommodations. We have updated the process for scheduling your MCAT Exam with accommodations as outlined below.

  • As of May 15th, examinees approved for accommodations may complete the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form to begin the process of scheduling their exam instead of calling Pearson VUE. Please note that if you have already submitted your scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE over the phone, you do not need to do anything else at this time.  
  • 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.   
  • After you submit your scheduling request form, Pearson VUE will review your preferences and approved accommodations, and they will identify a potential appointment as close to your preferred date and time as possible.  
  • You can expect to receive an email from Pearson VUE providing you with either a proposed exam appointment or an update on your request. You will then have the option to accept the appointment that is offered or to request another option. Please note, Pearson VUE will have the most up-to-date information on available dates and times for scheduling appointments. As a reminder, MCAT Accommodations Services does not have access to this information.   
  • Once you have confirmed your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE.

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

Please note, Pearson VUE will continue to be your main point of contact to schedule your exam with accommodations. We have updated the process for scheduling your MCAT Exam with accommodations as outlined below.

  • As of May 15th, examinees approved for accommodations may complete the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form to begin the process of scheduling their exam instead of calling Pearson VUE. Please note that if you have already submitted your scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE over the phone, you do not need to do anything else at this time.  
  • 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.   
  • After you submit your scheduling request form, Pearson VUE will review your preferences and approved accommodations, and they will identify a potential appointment as close to your preferred date and time as possible.  
  • You can expect to receive an email from Pearson VUE providing you with either a proposed exam appointment or an update on your request. You will then have the option to accept the appointment that is offered or to request another option. Please note, Pearson VUE will have the most up-to-date information on available dates and times for scheduling appointments. As a reminder, MCAT Accommodations Services does not have access to this information.   
  • Once you have confirmed your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE.

I provided my scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE, but I haven’t received a call back with my exam date. Why is the process taking so long?

Our usual scheduling process requires that Pearson VUE’s scheduling team confirms the exam appointment of every examinee testing with accommodations with a phone conversation. When MCAT reopened registration, our scheduling process was overwhelmed, even with added resources and capacity deployed to support examinees seeking to schedule their exams with accommodations. We are actively working to implement improvements to address the concerns we have heard about long wait times, repeated phone calls, and uncertainty as to appointment confirmations. We will keep you updated along the way.

 

We are working with Pearson VUE to address these issues. Please note that if you have already submitted your scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE by phone, online form, or if you are currently holding a non-accommodated appointment, your information is already captured. Pearson VUE will reach out to you to follow up on your appointment details. It can take a little time to confirm everything is in place for a particular accommodation, and Pearson VUE needs to do this before they can confirm the appointment with you. Please do not worry if it takes a few days or more before you hear from Pearson VUE.

I provided my scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE, but I haven’t received a call back with my exam date. Why is the process taking so long?

Our usual scheduling process requires that Pearson VUE’s scheduling team confirms the exam appointment of every examinee testing with accommodations with a phone conversation. When MCAT reopened registration, our scheduling process was overwhelmed, even with added resources and capacity deployed to support examinees seeking to schedule their exams with accommodations. We are actively working to implement improvements to address the concerns we have heard about long wait times, repeated phone calls, and uncertainty as to appointment confirmations. We will keep you updated along the way.

 

We are working with Pearson VUE to address these issues. Please note that if you have already submitted your scheduling preferences to Pearson VUE by phone, online form, or if you are currently holding a non-accommodated appointment, your information is already captured. Pearson VUE will reach out to you to follow up on your appointment details. It can take a little time to confirm everything is in place for a particular accommodation, and Pearson VUE needs to do this before they can confirm the appointment with you. Please do not worry if it takes a few days or more before you hear from Pearson VUE.

I am concerned there will not be any appointments available by the time I schedule my test. Will there be enough appointments for students with accommodations?

The AAMC adjusted the 2020 MCAT Testing Calendar to provide more test appointments to examinees and follow safe social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our updated testing calendar will support delivery of about 1.5 times the number of testing appointments we would offer in a typical year.

 

Additionally, please know that we always plan for and reserve seats across our network specifically for examinees testing with accommodations; these appointments are not available for examinees without accommodations. While it has taken longer than we would have liked to confirm your appointment, please know we are working to make sure your appointment gets scheduled as close to your preferred date and time as possible.

I am concerned there will not be any appointments available by the time I schedule my test. Will there be enough appointments for students with accommodations?

The AAMC adjusted the 2020 MCAT Testing Calendar to provide more test appointments to examinees and follow safe social distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our updated testing calendar will support delivery of about 1.5 times the number of testing appointments we would offer in a typical year.

 

Additionally, please know that we always plan for and reserve seats across our network specifically for examinees testing with accommodations; these appointments are not available for examinees without accommodations. While it has taken longer than we would have liked to confirm your appointment, please know we are working to make sure your appointment gets scheduled as close to your preferred date and time as possible.

Will the accommodations that I have scheduled for my upcoming exam still be available with the shortened exam?

We are committed to seeing that the needs of accommodated examinees are met under the shortened exam format. All examinees scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the shortened exam to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic. 

 

For example, if you are approved to test with extended time, your exam will still be administered over 2 days and your approved extended time will be applied to the content sections of the shortened exam at the same ratio as indicated in your determination letter.  You will receive the same amount of break time on the shortened exam as indicated in your determination letter.

 

Some testing accommodations, such as those that involve a human aide (e.g., paper exam/proctor, reader, etc.), may be impacted by limits in availability, 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 the accommodations that I have scheduled for my upcoming exam still be available with the shortened exam?

We are committed to seeing that the needs of accommodated examinees are met under the shortened exam format. All examinees scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the shortened exam to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic. 

 

For example, if you are approved to test with extended time, your exam will still be administered over 2 days and your approved extended time will be applied to the content sections of the shortened exam at the same ratio as indicated in your determination letter.  You will receive the same amount of break time on the shortened exam as indicated in your determination letter.

 

Some testing accommodations, such as those that involve a human aide (e.g., paper exam/proctor, reader, etc.), may be impacted by limits in availability, 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.

Can I schedule the same start times for my two-day exam?

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.

Can I schedule the same start times for my two-day exam?

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.

I was scheduled to test with accommodations. How was my new appointment time chosen for me as an accommodated student? If this is not my preferred time, can I change it?

If you had an exam scheduled with accommodations, you will have received a new appointment time consistent with the new testing schedule. The standard start times for the exam are 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Exam times for standard and accommodated examinees were selected equitably based on availability in consideration of current health and safety precautions. If you would like to change the appointment time that was reserved for you, you will need to contact Pearson VUE to provide them with your scheduling preferences. You may do this by completing the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form or by calling Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450.

I was scheduled to test with accommodations. How was my new appointment time chosen for me as an accommodated student? If this is not my preferred time, can I change it?

If you had an exam scheduled with accommodations, you will have received a new appointment time consistent with the new testing schedule. The standard start times for the exam are 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Exam times for standard and accommodated examinees were selected equitably based on availability in consideration of current health and safety precautions. If you would like to change the appointment time that was reserved for you, you will need to contact Pearson VUE to provide them with your scheduling preferences. You may do this by completing the Scheduling request for the MCAT® Exam online form or by calling Pearson VUE at 1-800-466-0450.

Where can I find more information on how to prepare for the shortened exam?

More information about the format of the shortened exam and how to prepare can be found in the MCAT Coronavirus FAQs.

Where can I find more information on how to prepare for the shortened exam?

More information about the format of the shortened exam and how to prepare can be found in the MCAT Coronavirus FAQs.

Application Cycle and MCAT Scores

How will the updated MCAT Testing Calendar impact the upcoming application cycles due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Medical schools are aware of changes to the MCAT administration dates, and the AAMC is working with schools as they begin to prepare for later test score availability for the upcoming application cycle. We have encouraged medical schools to be flexible with their review policies during this atypical admissions cycle. Please visit MSAR to learn how specific schools are adjusting their policies and deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. No subscription is required to access this information.  

 

Additionally, AMCAS has delayed the first transmission deadline to medical schools by two weeks. Schools will receive the first applications submitted in AMCAS on July 10.  

How will the updated MCAT Testing Calendar impact the upcoming application cycles due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Medical schools are aware of changes to the MCAT administration dates, and the AAMC is working with schools as they begin to prepare for later test score availability for the upcoming application cycle. We have encouraged medical schools to be flexible with their review policies during this atypical admissions cycle. Please visit MSAR to learn how specific schools are adjusting their policies and deadlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. No subscription is required to access this information.  

 

Additionally, AMCAS has delayed the first transmission deadline to medical schools by two weeks. Schools will receive the first applications submitted in AMCAS on July 10.  

Will AAMC be expediting score releases? If so, which ones?

Yes, MCAT scores will be reported in approximately two weeks for exams held from June 19 through September 28. MCAT scores from other test dates will be reported to examinees and medical schools in the typical time frame of about four weeks.

Will AAMC be expediting score releases? If so, which ones?

Yes, MCAT scores will be reported in approximately two weeks for exams held from June 19 through September 28. MCAT scores from other test dates will be reported to examinees and medical schools in the typical time frame of about four weeks.

I live in a hotspot area, and there is no timeline for when non-essential business activities will resume. Will I be able to take the MCAT exam this year?

Our testing plan has been designed to increase testing capacity and flexibility for examinees during the pandemic. We have increased test appointments by 1.5 times the number we have in a typical year to account for differing health and safety guidance geographically as some examinees will be able to test earlier and some later in the testing calendar. As a reminder for examinees who live in areas with strict stay-at-home guidance and non-essential business closures, there are many appointments available throughout the summer and fall and they can reschedule at no cost as many times as needed to adjust their plans. We will communicate to examinees approximately 3-4 weeks in advance if test appointments in their locations are at risk of being canceled. We will communicate cancellation decisions 10 days in advance of their exam date.

 

Medical schools know this is a stressful and highly unusual year for applicants and will be flexible. They are aware of the locations where students are currently unable to test. Applicants should note their future exam date in their AMCAS application. Medical schools are also adapting quickly to the challenges of COVID-19, and we are continuing to work with the medical school admissions community on solutions to solve those challenges as they arise.

I live in a hotspot area, and there is no timeline for when non-essential business activities will resume. Will I be able to take the MCAT exam this year?

Our testing plan has been designed to increase testing capacity and flexibility for examinees during the pandemic. We have increased test appointments by 1.5 times the number we have in a typical year to account for differing health and safety guidance geographically as some examinees will be able to test earlier and some later in the testing calendar. As a reminder for examinees who live in areas with strict stay-at-home guidance and non-essential business closures, there are many appointments available throughout the summer and fall and they can reschedule at no cost as many times as needed to adjust their plans. We will communicate to examinees approximately 3-4 weeks in advance if test appointments in their locations are at risk of being canceled. We will communicate cancellation decisions 10 days in advance of their exam date.

 

Medical schools know this is a stressful and highly unusual year for applicants and will be flexible. They are aware of the locations where students are currently unable to test. Applicants should note their future exam date in their AMCAS application. Medical schools are also adapting quickly to the challenges of COVID-19, and we are continuing to work with the medical school admissions community on solutions to solve those challenges as they arise.

Cancellations and Rescheduling

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

You will receive a cancellation notice from the AAMC or Pearson VUE by email if your test center is closed. If you do not receive a notice by email, your exam will proceed as planned.

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

You will receive a cancellation notice from the AAMC or Pearson VUE by email if your test center is closed. If you do not receive a notice by email, your exam will proceed as planned.

Why does my test appointment date say Sept. 30, 2020 in the registration system?

This is not your appointment date. It is a placeholder for your held appointment until you make changes to your exam date. There are no exams being held on September 30. Remember all rescheduling fees have been waived for all exam dates until further noticed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Why does my test appointment date say Sept. 30, 2020 in the registration system?

This is not your appointment date. It is a placeholder for your held appointment until you make changes to your exam date. There are no exams being held on September 30. Remember all rescheduling fees have been waived for all exam dates until further noticed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

What are my options if my exam is canceled? Will I get a refund?

If your test center is closed, your appointment will be placed on hold. You have two options, detailed below, that are accessible through the MCAT Registration System.

 

  • Reschedule: Log into the MCAT Registration System and reschedule your exam to another date at no cost. All MCAT rescheduling fees have been waived until further notice. 
  • Cancel: If you received a cancellation email, you may cancel your exam for a full refund of your base registration fee.

What are my options if my exam is canceled? Will I get a refund?

If your test center is closed, your appointment will be placed on hold. You have two options, detailed below, that are accessible through the MCAT Registration System.

 

  • Reschedule: Log into the MCAT Registration System and reschedule your exam to another date at no cost. All MCAT rescheduling fees have been waived until further notice. 
  • Cancel: If you received a cancellation email, you may cancel your exam for a full refund of your base registration fee.

What if I want to reschedule my exam due to concerns or restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Effective April 1, all rescheduling fees will be automatically waived until further notice, regardless of exam date. As long as the bronze zone deadline for your scheduled exam has not passed, you can reschedule your exam online without incurring a fee.

 

Click here to access the updated 2020 MCAT Testing Calendar.

What if I want to reschedule my exam due to concerns or restrictions related to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Effective April 1, all rescheduling fees will be automatically waived until further notice, regardless of exam date. As long as the bronze zone deadline for your scheduled exam has not passed, you can reschedule your exam online without incurring a fee.

 

Click here to access the updated 2020 MCAT Testing Calendar.

Will there be any new exam dates added to compensate for cancellations and rescheduling?

Yes, we added three additional dates and are offering three test appointments per day on all 21 remaining administration dates. The standard start times for the exam are at 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. There may be some variations by test center. More information about start times, including start times for examinees who currently have 8:00 a.m. appointments, will be provided prior to registration opening.

Will there be any new exam dates added to compensate for cancellations and rescheduling?

Yes, we added three additional dates and are offering three test appointments per day on all 21 remaining administration dates. The standard start times for the exam are at 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. There may be some variations by test center. More information about start times, including start times for examinees who currently have 8:00 a.m. appointments, will be provided prior to registration opening.

Will you be adding new international dates to make up for the cancellations due to COVID-19?

We are continuing to monitor international guidance as the pandemic unfolds and the testing needs of students internationally. Please refer to the international testing calendars for the most current status in your country.

Will you be adding new international dates to make up for the cancellations due to COVID-19?

We are continuing to monitor international guidance as the pandemic unfolds and the testing needs of students internationally. Please refer to the international testing calendars for the most current status in your country.

Why do some dates/test centers offer start times outside of the three standard start times (6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 6:00 p.m.)? Can I select other times; are they real times?

In order to most efficiently utilize test center space, appointments will begin as soon as the previous session has ended, and workstations have been cleaned. If an appointment earlier in the day is shorter or longer than 5 hours and 45 minutes, such as an accommodated appointment that has extra testing time for instance, the subsequent appointment could begin at a non-standard start time. Keep in mind you still may have your original time of 8:00 a.m. or you may see an 8:00 a.m. option. No exam will begin prior to 6:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. local time.

Why do some dates/test centers offer start times outside of the three standard start times (6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 6:00 p.m.)? Can I select other times; are they real times?

In order to most efficiently utilize test center space, appointments will begin as soon as the previous session has ended, and workstations have been cleaned. If an appointment earlier in the day is shorter or longer than 5 hours and 45 minutes, such as an accommodated appointment that has extra testing time for instance, the subsequent appointment could begin at a non-standard start time. Keep in mind you still may have your original time of 8:00 a.m. or you may see an 8:00 a.m. option. No exam will begin prior to 6:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. local time.

Why can’t you make cancellation decisions earlier?

We are making cancellation decisions with close attention to changing health and safety guidance in states and counties. We will not make cancellation decisions earlier than 10 days out because local health and safety guidance changes frequently. This is to avoid prematurely canceling an exam and causing examinees to lose their ability to test on their scheduled date and time.  We will notify examinees testing in areas that are at risk of cancellation 3-4 weeks before their test date and provide them with the date they will receive notification by if their exam is canceled.

Why can’t you make cancellation decisions earlier?

We are making cancellation decisions with close attention to changing health and safety guidance in states and counties. We will not make cancellation decisions earlier than 10 days out because local health and safety guidance changes frequently. This is to avoid prematurely canceling an exam and causing examinees to lose their ability to test on their scheduled date and time.  We will notify examinees testing in areas that are at risk of cancellation 3-4 weeks before their test date and provide them with the date they will receive notification by if their exam is canceled.

Health and Safety

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

Examinee health and safety is our top priority. When MCAT testing resumes, there will be multiple health and safety measures in place at all test centers, including:

 

  • Requiring examinees to acknowledge that they meet the below and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing
  • Limiting the number of people in each MCAT test session.
  • Maintaining 6 feet distance between individuals in waiting rooms, at check-in, and in the testing room
  • Requiring the use of face masks for all staff and MCAT examinees. *
  • Approving the use of gloves while testing (upon inspection)
  • Having hand sanitizer available during testing. Examinees will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter the testing room.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments

 

Please see our 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 health and safety of examinees when MCAT administrations resume?

Examinee health and safety is our top priority. When MCAT testing resumes, there will be multiple health and safety measures in place at all test centers, including:

 

  • Requiring examinees to acknowledge that they meet the below and that they will follow health and safety guidelines while testing
  • Limiting the number of people in each MCAT test session.
  • Maintaining 6 feet distance between individuals in waiting rooms, at check-in, and in the testing room
  • Requiring the use of face masks for all staff and MCAT examinees. *
  • Approving the use of gloves while testing (upon inspection)
  • Having hand sanitizer available during testing. Examinees will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter the testing room.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting regimens in between all testing appointments

 

Please see our 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.

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

We support health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic. 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. 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?

We support health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic. 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. Please see our Protecting Your Health and Safety Information on Test Day page and Pearson VUE’s website for more information.

 

Shortened Exam

Will you be offering an online-proctored MCAT exam?

There are several reasons the MCAT exam is not administered online. First, it’s important that all examinees have the right hardware and software programs in addition to a sustained, uninterrupted internet connection. Administering an online exam could provide a disadvantage to examinees who do not have access to the necessary technology or high-speed internet connection required for online testing.

 

Second, test questions include many complex figures, graphs, and equations that require high resolution to be displayed properly, and it is critical to display high-resolution test content accurately and in the same way for all examinees. It is also important that the technology students use to take the MCAT exam is standardized and provides the best opportunity for examinees to show how well they understand the concepts tested on the exam. The MCAT exam measures examinees’ ability to apply their knowledge to the solution of scientific problems.

 

Finally, the AAMC has an important responsibility to ensure the validity, security, and integrity of the MCAT exam. Even with center-based administrations, a small number of individuals attempt to gain an unfair advantage on their exam by bringing prohibited items into the testing room or giving or receiving assistance. Small numbers of examinees reveal test questions and answers or reconstruct topics after the exam. Simply stated, online proctored testing cannot have in place the same security protocols as an in-person proctored exam.

Will you be offering an online-proctored MCAT exam?

There are several reasons the MCAT exam is not administered online. First, it’s important that all examinees have the right hardware and software programs in addition to a sustained, uninterrupted internet connection. Administering an online exam could provide a disadvantage to examinees who do not have access to the necessary technology or high-speed internet connection required for online testing.

 

Second, test questions include many complex figures, graphs, and equations that require high resolution to be displayed properly, and it is critical to display high-resolution test content accurately and in the same way for all examinees. It is also important that the technology students use to take the MCAT exam is standardized and provides the best opportunity for examinees to show how well they understand the concepts tested on the exam. The MCAT exam measures examinees’ ability to apply their knowledge to the solution of scientific problems.

 

Finally, the AAMC has an important responsibility to ensure the validity, security, and integrity of the MCAT exam. Even with center-based administrations, a small number of individuals attempt to gain an unfair advantage on their exam by bringing prohibited items into the testing room or giving or receiving assistance. Small numbers of examinees reveal test questions and answers or reconstruct topics after the exam. Simply stated, online proctored testing cannot have in place the same security protocols as an in-person proctored exam.

Will I have less time to answer test questions?

The shortened exam provides about the same time per question as the full-length exam.  You can continue using the same practice materials for the full-length exam to help you with your pacing.

Will I have less time to answer test questions?

The shortened exam provides about the same time per question as the full-length exam.  You can continue using the same practice materials for the full-length exam to help you with your pacing.

How will the shortened exam be scored?

Students will receive the same scores on the shortened exam as they do on the full-length exam. You will receive five scores from the exam: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score. Please visit our webpage on how the exam is scored to learn more. 

How will the shortened exam be scored?

Students will receive the same scores on the shortened exam as they do on the full-length exam. You will receive five scores from the exam: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score. Please visit our webpage on how the exam is scored to learn more. 

Where can I learn more about the format of the shortened exam?

Please visit the webpage on the shortened exam that provides the schedule for the test day and other important information.

Where can I learn more about the format of the shortened exam?

Please visit the webpage on the shortened exam that provides the schedule for the test day and other important information.

How do I prepare for the shortened exam? Do I have to study all the concepts and skills?

Students will still be tested on all four sections of the exam and will be responsible for demonstrating the same knowledge and skills at the same levels of difficulty as on the full-length exam. While there will be a small reduction in the number of test questions in each test section, the shortened exam will maintain the same format as the full-length test.  The list of foundational concepts, content categories, skills, and disciplines tested on the MCAT exam can be found in the What’s on the MCAT Exam? study tool.

How do I prepare for the shortened exam? Do I have to study all the concepts and skills?

Students will still be tested on all four sections of the exam and will be responsible for demonstrating the same knowledge and skills at the same levels of difficulty as on the full-length exam. While there will be a small reduction in the number of test questions in each test section, the shortened exam will maintain the same format as the full-length test.  The list of foundational concepts, content categories, skills, and disciplines tested on the MCAT exam can be found in the What’s on the MCAT Exam? study tool.

Will you continue to offer the shorter exam in the future?

No. The AAMC is implementing a temporarily shortened MCAT exam to increase capacity and follow social distancing practices in the test centers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes are only in place through the remainder of the 2020 MCAT testing calendar.

Will you continue to offer the shorter exam in the future?

No. The AAMC is implementing a temporarily shortened MCAT exam to increase capacity and follow social distancing practices in the test centers due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes are only in place through the remainder of the 2020 MCAT testing calendar.

How can I get familiar with the exam’s functionality now that the tutorial will not be part of the testing day?

We encourage you to use our free Practice with Exam Features tool to become familiar with the exam’s functionality. You can access the tool by selecting the red “MCAT Official Prep Hub” button on our website and logging in with your AAMC credentials. Go to the Free Resource section of the Hub and the Practice with Exam Features tool will be the second resource listed.

How can I get familiar with the exam’s functionality now that the tutorial will not be part of the testing day?

We encourage you to use our free Practice with Exam Features tool to become familiar with the exam’s functionality. You can access the tool by selecting the red “MCAT Official Prep Hub” button on our website and logging in with your AAMC credentials. Go to the Free Resource section of the Hub and the Practice with Exam Features tool will be the second resource listed.

Will the accommodations that I have scheduled for my upcoming exam still be available with the shorter exam?

We are committed to seeing that individuals’ accommodation needs are met under the new shorter exam format. All examinees who are scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the shortened exam to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic. If you have questions regarding the impact on your accommodations, please visit the Accommodations homepage or contact MCAT Accommodations Services at accommodations@aamc.org

Will the accommodations that I have scheduled for my upcoming exam still be available with the shorter exam?

We are committed to seeing that individuals’ accommodation needs are met under the new shorter exam format. All examinees who are scheduled to test with accommodations will receive the same or equivalent accommodations on the shortened exam to the extent possible given current health and safety precautions associated with the pandemic. If you have questions regarding the impact on your accommodations, please visit the Accommodations homepage or contact MCAT Accommodations Services at accommodations@aamc.org

How many passages and questions are in each section of the shortened MCAT exam?

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passages (5-7 questions per passage)

The Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

The Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Behavior section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

How many passages and questions are in each section of the shortened MCAT exam?

The Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

The Critical Analysis and Reasoning section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passages (5-7 questions per passage)

The Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

The Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Behavior section includes:

  • A total of 48 questions
    • 8 passage-based sets of questions (4-6 questions per set)
    • 12 independent questions

Test Preparation

What are the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on access to MCAT Official Prep resources for testing year 2020?

March 27 update: If you had an MCAT reservation on or after March 11, 2020 and your MCAT Prep products expire between March 1 and September 30, 2020, access to those products will be extended to September 30, 2020 in the MCAT Official Prep Hub. 

 

The extension is intended to aid the following examinees who have products expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020:

 

  • Anyone whose exams were canceled or rescheduled due to the recent coronavirus test center closures
  • Anyone who voluntarily canceled or rescheduled an exam reservation on or after March 11th (even if you do not have a current reservation)
  • Anyone who currently holds an MCAT reservation for the remaining 2020 MCAT testing year

Impacted examinees, who purchased MCAT Official Prep products through the AAMC Store or received products through an AAMC access code, will receive a notice with more details when product expiration dates have been adjusted. We are continuously monitoring reservation changes in student accounts; please allow one to two weeks for product expiration dates to adjust in the MCAT Official Prep Hub. If you believe you meet the above criteria and do not see a product extension after two weeks, please email MCATPrep@aamc.org.  

 

If you were registered for an exam in testing year 2020 but did not test, you may qualify for a longer extension. Please see the next question for more details.

What are the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on access to MCAT Official Prep resources for testing year 2020?

March 27 update: If you had an MCAT reservation on or after March 11, 2020 and your MCAT Prep products expire between March 1 and September 30, 2020, access to those products will be extended to September 30, 2020 in the MCAT Official Prep Hub. 

 

The extension is intended to aid the following examinees who have products expiring between March 1 and September 30, 2020:

 

  • Anyone whose exams were canceled or rescheduled due to the recent coronavirus test center closures
  • Anyone who voluntarily canceled or rescheduled an exam reservation on or after March 11th (even if you do not have a current reservation)
  • Anyone who currently holds an MCAT reservation for the remaining 2020 MCAT testing year

Impacted examinees, who purchased MCAT Official Prep products through the AAMC Store or received products through an AAMC access code, will receive a notice with more details when product expiration dates have been adjusted. We are continuously monitoring reservation changes in student accounts; please allow one to two weeks for product expiration dates to adjust in the MCAT Official Prep Hub. If you believe you meet the above criteria and do not see a product extension after two weeks, please email MCATPrep@aamc.org.  

 

If you were registered for an exam in testing year 2020 but did not test, you may qualify for a longer extension. Please see the next question for more details.

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 who had their exams canceled due to the impact of COVID-19 and 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 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 users 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 who had their exams canceled due to the impact of COVID-19 and 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 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 users MCAT Official Prep dashboard.

 

Will the AAMC provide practice exams that match the shortened exam?

AAMC practice tests will not be shortened to match the length of the shortened exam, but the full-length practice exams and shortened test provide about the same time per question. Your practice products can still help you with pacing on the shortened exam and offer more practice questions to help you prepare. The MCAT Official Prep free resources and products will also continue to help you learn about the exam’s interface and features and give you the opportunity to review the Test-Day Certification at your own pace. Access MCAT Official Prep free resources and products through the MCAT Official Prep Hub; select the red button and sign in using your AAMC username and password.

Will the AAMC provide practice exams that match the shortened exam?

AAMC practice tests will not be shortened to match the length of the shortened exam, but the full-length practice exams and shortened test provide about the same time per question. Your practice products can still help you with pacing on the shortened exam and offer more practice questions to help you prepare. The MCAT Official Prep free resources and products will also continue to help you learn about the exam’s interface and features and give you the opportunity to review the Test-Day Certification at your own pace. Access MCAT Official Prep free resources and products through the MCAT Official Prep Hub; select the red button and sign in using your AAMC username and password.

How do I prepare for the shortened exam? Do I have to study all the concepts and skills?

The shortened exam will maintain the same format as the full-length test. Students will still be tested on all four sections of the exam and will be responsible for demonstrating the same knowledge and skills at the same levels of difficulty as on the full-length exam. You can continue using the same practice materials to help you with your pacing. The list of foundational concepts, content categories, skills, and disciplines tested on the MCAT exam can be found in the What’s on the MCAT Exam? study tool.

 

AAMC practice exams will not be shortened to match the length of the shortened exam, but the full-length practice exams and shortened test provide about the same time per question. Your practice products can still help you with pacing on the shortened exam and offer more practice questions to help you prepare. The MCAT Official Prep products and free resources will also continue to help you learn about the exam’s interface and features and give you the opportunity to review the Test-Day Certification at your own pace. 

How do I prepare for the shortened exam? Do I have to study all the concepts and skills?

The shortened exam will maintain the same format as the full-length test. Students will still be tested on all four sections of the exam and will be responsible for demonstrating the same knowledge and skills at the same levels of difficulty as on the full-length exam. You can continue using the same practice materials to help you with your pacing. The list of foundational concepts, content categories, skills, and disciplines tested on the MCAT exam can be found in the What’s on the MCAT Exam? study tool.

 

AAMC practice exams will not be shortened to match the length of the shortened exam, but the full-length practice exams and shortened test provide about the same time per question. Your practice products can still help you with pacing on the shortened exam and offer more practice questions to help you prepare. The MCAT Official Prep products and free resources will also continue to help you learn about the exam’s interface and features and give you the opportunity to review the Test-Day Certification at your own pace. 

Test Security

I am taking the MCAT in June. My ID expired after March 1, 2020. Will I be permitted to use my expired ID?

Yes. If your government issued ID expired after March 1, 2020 and it meets all other required ID criteria, you may present the expired ID on  your June exam date and it will be accepted. If you have a second government issued ID (passport, license) that is NOT expired, please use that document on test day.

If your government issued ID expired prior to March 1, 2020 and does not include an expiration date, signature, photograph, is not in English or otherwise does not meet the criteria outlined here, you must request an ID Exception.

Requests for ID exceptions are submitted through Service Requests in the MCAT Registration System and must be received 5 days prior to your exam date.

Please check back for the most up to date information  after July 1.

I am taking the MCAT in June. My ID expired after March 1, 2020. Will I be permitted to use my expired ID?

Yes. If your government issued ID expired after March 1, 2020 and it meets all other required ID criteria, you may present the expired ID on  your June exam date and it will be accepted. If you have a second government issued ID (passport, license) that is NOT expired, please use that document on test day.

If your government issued ID expired prior to March 1, 2020 and does not include an expiration date, signature, photograph, is not in English or otherwise does not meet the criteria outlined here, you must request an ID Exception.

Requests for ID exceptions are submitted through Service Requests in the MCAT Registration System and must be received 5 days prior to your exam date.

Please check back for the most up to date information  after July 1.

I am taking the MCAT after June 30th. My ID expired after March 1, 2020. Will I be permitted to use my expired ID?

  • If your state is open and your ID expired after March 1, 2020, please make every attempt to renew or apply for renewal as soon as possible.  Many state offices are processing online renewals for driver licenses and identification cards.  Please retain any receipts and online renewal/temporary paperwork you may be provided and bring them with you on your test day with your expired ID.
  • You will need to request an ID exception 14 days before your exam date if your ID expired after March 1, 2020 and any of the following apply:
    • The DMV/passport offices are closed in your state and do not provide online services
    • You applied for a renewal, but were not provided with temporary paperwork and your new ID has not arrived

If your government issued ID expired prior to March 1, 2020 and does not include an expiration date, signature, photograph, is not in English or otherwise does not meet the criteria outlined here, you must apply for an ID Exception.

Requests for ID exceptions are submitted through Service Requests in the MCAT Registration System and must be received no more than 14 days prior to your exam date.

I am taking the MCAT after June 30th. My ID expired after March 1, 2020. Will I be permitted to use my expired ID?

  • If your state is open and your ID expired after March 1, 2020, please make every attempt to renew or apply for renewal as soon as possible.  Many state offices are processing online renewals for driver licenses and identification cards.  Please retain any receipts and online renewal/temporary paperwork you may be provided and bring them with you on your test day with your expired ID.
  • You will need to request an ID exception 14 days before your exam date if your ID expired after March 1, 2020 and any of the following apply:
    • The DMV/passport offices are closed in your state and do not provide online services
    • You applied for a renewal, but were not provided with temporary paperwork and your new ID has not arrived

If your government issued ID expired prior to March 1, 2020 and does not include an expiration date, signature, photograph, is not in English or otherwise does not meet the criteria outlined here, you must apply for an ID Exception.

Requests for ID exceptions are submitted through Service Requests in the MCAT Registration System and must be received no more than 14 days prior to your exam date.

COVID 19 and the MCAT Exam

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