COVID 19 and the MCAT Exam

The AAMC continues to monitor guidance regarding the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local health authorities, and we are reviewing and modifying operations and processes during this rapidly changing situation. Your health and safety are our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic and robust health and safety measures will be in place when testing resumes in January. This webpage provides updates on the MCAT testing program’s response to COVID-19 and FAQs.

  • Scores will be reported in about two weeks instead of four weeks for all January 2021 exams to help students who still want to take the MCAT exam and submit scores in their 2021 applications. Please see the new score reporting timeline.
  • MCAT Registration for 2021 will open for January and March test dates on November 10 at noon (ET). Please visit our registration and scheduling page for more information and the full 2021 testing year calendar.
  • Please read an important letter from AAMC President and CEO, David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC Board of Directors Chair, Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, that addresses the continuation of the MCAT exam during the ongoing pandemic.


The AAMC is committed to supporting examinees throughout the MCAT testing and application process.

  • We will waive all MCAT rescheduling fees so you can adjust your test date to accommodate your preparation and health and safety needs. Please see  FAQs on Registration and Scheduling.
  • 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. Please visit our FAQ page for additional details.
  • As of April 20, 2020, the AAMC Fee Assistance Program has expanded its eligibility guidelines to help more students with financial need qualify for benefits. Visit
  • MSAR is updating medical school admissions policies with COVID-19 information readily available to students without a subscription. Visit

Protecting Your Health and Safety on Test Day

The AAMC is working very closely with Pearson VUE to make sure you are protected on test day. Learn about health and safety procedures.

MCAT Registration and Scheduling in 2021

Learn more about registration and the 2021 testing year. 

COVID-19 Updates to the Accommodations Process

Information on COVID-19 and MCAT Accommodation Services

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 on the MCAT Exam
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MCAT Essentials (Updated)

The MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2021

MCAT Scheduling Fees

MCAT scheduling fees for the 2021 testing year.

2021 MCAT Calendar (U.S.)


2021 MCAT Calendar (Canada)


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