Get answers to frequently asked questions about taking the MCAT® exam.
Health and Safety
What are you doing to ensure the health and safety of examinees during MCAT administrations?
Examinee health and safety continues to be a priority. We will be closely monitoring the conditions of the pandemic and state and local guidance throughout the testing year.
Below are the current health and safety measures in place for 2022:
- Pearson VUE complies with and enforces safety procedures per local government requirements and CDC guidance. To view the protocols in place in your test center, including vaccination and COVID-19 testing requirements, click on the drop down menu of the country where you are testing on Pearson VUE’s website.*
- Pearson VUE, recently updated their mask requirements to align with CDC and state and local guidance where masks are not required indoors (March 4, 2022). Enter the address of your test center into the search tool on the Pearson VUE website to review your center’s mask requirements. It is a good idea to bring a mask with you regardless of whether one is required.
- Hand sanitizer is readily available in waiting areas and testing rooms.
- Candidates must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival.
- Common areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- Workstations are disinfected between each testing appointment.
- Candidates are permitted to wear disposable gloves if they choose.
- Examinees are required to sign an agreement that acknowledges that they meet the current posted health requirements, and that they will follow all health and safety guidelines while testing.
*Examinees testing in Puerto Rico and Canada may be utilizing sites that are not owned by Pearson VUE but are approved to deliver the MCAT exam. These sites may have additional COVID restrictions or requirements for test day. If you are testing at one of the sites below, you must carefully review your confirmation email and all correspondence about your exam to ensure you meet the requirements to test on exam day. If you do not meet the requirements and are unable to be admitted for the exam, it will be counted as a no show. You will have to register for a new date and will not be eligible for a refund.
Ashton Testing Services
Best Practices Consulting
Calgary Learning Institute Ltd
Canadian Systems Inc
Success Skills Centre
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Toronto College of Technology
- EXPERTIS (Yauco
- EXPERTIS (San Juan)
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.
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 10 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.
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.
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 has tested positive within the last 10 days of your exam date.
If it is more than 10 days before your exam date, you can reschedule or cancel your exam in the MCAT Registration System. Otherwise, you must file an 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 four 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.
- If you observe any violation of the health and safety protocols in test centers before, during, or after testing, immediately report them to your proctor or test center staff.
- If you do not feel comfortable reporting during testing, you may notify the AAMC of any behavior or health and safety concerns.
- Report concerns on the survey presented at the end of your exam. These responses go directly to the AAMC.
- Email concerns to email@example.com.
What should I expect when I arrive at the test center?
Please review the health and safety measures posted on our website prior to attending your exam in 2022. The AAMC continues to monitor the health and safety protocols and will continue this practice in 2022 to remediate issues and make improvements.
Can I wear more than one mask?
The CDC released updated guidance on how to wear masks to limit the transmission of COVID-19. You are strongly encouraged to wear a multi-layered cloth mask, or a cloth mask over a disposable mask, at Pearson VUE test centers. Note that the CDC advises that KN95, KF94 or similar high-quality masks should not be worn with a second mask. Pearson VUE test centers do not allow face shields or ventilated masks.
Will I be able to safely eat and drink during breaks?
We understand examinee concerns about eating during breaks. Reduced center capacity and staggered exam start times help reduce the number of people on breaks at the same time. Test center layouts differ slightly; however, most have a larger waiting room area that is set up for social distancing, and some have a separate designated space for eating.
If you are not comfortable removing your mask to eat or drink indoors, and/or the test center layout does not allow for sufficient social distancing, you may step outside to eat, drink, or take medication during the mid-exam break. You may not access study materials, cell phones or other digital devices, or speak with anyone, and you are bound by the Examinee Agreement. If you do not return to your exam before the scheduled break time expires, your test time will be reduced by the overage from your break.
Please note: If you are testing in a locality with a ban on indoor eating you will be required to leave the test center during breaks. In all other locations, leaving the test center to eat is an option and not mandatory.
I was absent from my exam for COVID reasons. When can I test?
If you cancel your exam due to a positive COVID test or possible exposure, you must wait at least 14 days from your COVID positive result or exposure date to test.
If you reschedule to a date that does not meet the health requirements to test at Pearson VUE test centers, you may be asked to provide proof of a negative COVID result. If you are unable to do so, your scores may be canceled, before or after the scores are reported, without a refund.