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MCAT® Registration 101

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Registration for January-June MCAT® exam dates will open this month. Read these tips to make your registration process go as smoothly as possible.

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Registration for the 2022 testing year will open on Oct. 13 and 14. If you plan on scheduling your exam on opening day, read these tips to help make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Fill out your background information in the MCAT® Registration System
Between Sept. 24 and Oct. 12, you can fill out the first five tabs and review the terms and conditions in the MCAT Registration System. Doing this in advance will save you time and take you right to scheduling when you log into the system on opening day. Watch this video for a quick overview.

Check your registration group
Registration opens over two days. You register based on the day your test center is available for scheduling, not where you live. Check out the map to find out if you’re in group A or B.

Look into the Fee Assistance Program
Benefits of the Fee Assistance Program include free MCAT prep materials, a reduced MCAT registration fee, and much more. But benefits are not retroactive, so if you apply after you register for the MCAT exam, you cannot get the discounted rate. Be sure to apply with plenty of time (at least 10 business days) beforehand to get the most out of the program.

Have your MCAT-accepted ID with you when you register
Taking this step proactively will help ensure your registration matches your ID exactly. Also, make sure your ID meets the test day requirements.

Familiarize yourself with the waiting room
There will be thousands of examinees registering at the same time as you in the first few hours of opening day, so expect a little bit of a wait. You will be automatically directed to the waiting room when you log in, and you’ll be able to see how many examinees are ahead of you in line. You can also sign up to be notified when it’s your turn to register. Watch a video to learn more about the waiting room.

Remember: It’s OK if you’re not ready to schedule your exam on opening day. The registration system is available after Oct. 14 for scheduling. July-September exam dates will open in February 2022. Read more tips to help you get ready for registration on our website!

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