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 at all test centers when testing resumes. This webpage provides updates on the MCAT testing program’s response to COVID-19 and FAQs.
This update is based on current information about the spread of COVID-19 and the anticipated ability for in-person testing. The AAMC will provide further updates as circumstances change.
- 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 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 for additional details.
- MCAT scores for all exams held from June 19 – September 28 will now be reported in approximately two weeks to provide students testing in this date range the same two-week turnaround time and additional flexibility in rescheduling their test date. The score release for the July 18 test date will be moved from August 4 to August 3 so that students applying to the Early Decision Program in the 2021 Application Cycle can meet the August 3 EDP application deadline. (June 18, 2020)
- After reviewing state and local guidance, the AAMC and Pearson VUE have determined we are able to deliver the MCAT exam safely and in compliance with local requirements at this time. We are now administering the MCAT exam in all U.S. and Canadian locations. (June 17, 2020)
- We know students have already faced so much uncertainty during the pandemic. And we recognize that the ongoing demonstrations are both important and necessary. We are hearing from some students who still want to be able to take the test and others who understandably want to be able to defer to another date. We are monitoring the curfews and safety conditions where students are testing, and you will be contacted as soon as we know if your test center is impacted and your exam will be canceled. We encourage you to make the decision you’re most comfortable with, and we want to provide you the flexibility to make that decision. Students who already know they want to postpone their exam to another date can reschedule at no cost by calling Pearson VUE directly at 866-281-7532. (June 4, 2020)
SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING COVID-19
The AAMC is committed to supporting examinees throughout the MCAT testing and application process.
- We have waived all MCAT rescheduling fees so you can adjust your test date to accommodate your preparation and health and safety needs. See FAQs on Cancellations and Rescheduling.
- We have extended all subscriptions to MCAT preparation products through the end of the year to provide access to materials to support your adjusted exam date. 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 www.aamc.org/fap.
- MSAR is updating medical school admissions policies with COVID-19 information readily available to students without a subscription. Visit www.aamc.org/msar.
We are aware that seats become limited in some areas as we approach the end of every testing year. While we’re not currently able to add any new test dates, we’re doing our best to offer a replacement appointment for anyone whose exam was canceled by the AAMC for any reason. If you’ve been unable to test since your exam was canceled, please email us with your AAMC ID and date from which you were displaced originally. If you need to schedule an exam, please look in the MCAT registration system a few days before the Bronze Zone Deadline (8 days before your exam date) when appointments can open up. If you want to cancel or reschedule your exam, please do this BEFORE this deadline when you can view available appointments. You may get an error message in the appointment notification system if the appointment time is taken by another examinee before you.