Protecting Your Health and Safety on Test Day

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It is the priority of the AAMC to keep examinees healthy and safe when they take the MCAT® exam.

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Updated: April 24, 2023

Health and Safety

The AAMC monitors guidance about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and state and local health authorities.  


Protocols in Test Centers 

Pearson VUE monitors the COVID 19 pandemic and adjusts test center operations as needed. A full explanation of the COVID-19 precautionary measures is posted on their website. 

Pearson VUE complies with and enforces safety procedures per local government requirements and CDC guidance.

  • You may wear a mask while testing if you choose at all Pearson VUE centers.

  • You are permitted to wear disposable gloves if you choose. 

  • You may bring your own clear bottle of hand sanitizer (no more than 4oz). 

What to Expect on Test Day

If you test positive for Covid-19 or are experiencing a medical emergency and unexpectedly cannot attend your exam, please review the Emergency Refund Request policy in the MCAT Essentials. Please file an Emergency Refund Request in the MCAT Registration System with required documentation.  

You may not go to the test center after you submit an Emergency Refund Request. Emergency Refund Requests may not be reviewed until after your exam date. Approved refund amounts will follow the 30-day cancellation policy.  

If you are immunocompromised or have a disability or medical condition that you believe requires an adjustment to the standard testing conditions, we encourage you to apply for accommodations.  

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MCAT Security Tip Line

The MCAT program considers the integrity and security of the exam process to be very important. If you observe any irregular behavior or exam security violations before, during, or after an examination, please call or email the MCAT Security tip line. If you choose to remain anonymous, the AAMC will not disclose your identity unless required by law. Submit a tip anonymously

MCAT Essentials

Read the MCAT Essentials for Testing Year 2023.

MCAT Scheduling Fees

MCAT scheduling fees for the 2023 testing year.

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