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.
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.
- Registration for the April, May, and June test dates will open the week of February 15. More details will be available in the coming weeks. Please visit our registration and scheduling page.
- We are offering make-up dates on January 31 and February 1 to help examinees who have submitted an application to be considered for the class entering a program that begins in fall 2021. We have emailed all eligible examinees. Scores for these dates will be reported on February 16. If you have questions, please email us with questions at email@example.com.
- 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 in January 2021. The extension will apply to products, purchased through the AAMC that are set to expire between December 30, 2020 – September 29, 2021.
- 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.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS DURING COVID-19
The AAMC is committed to supporting examinees throughout the MCAT testing and application process. We are closely monitoring pandemic conditions in all testing locations, including national, state, and local guidelines on health and safety. It is possible that some January exams will need to be rescheduled due to restrictions that are necessary to keep examinees and their communities safe. We will send examinees an email approximately 3-4 weeks in advance of test dates at risk of being canceled. We will make every attempt to give examinees as much advance notice as possible of cancellations. We will be posting more information about these timelines in the coming weeks.
- 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 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.