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Top 10 Tips for MCAT Examinees: What's Next? After Selecting Your Test Date and Location

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You have selected your MCAT test date and location registered, but what do you need to do next? Read a list of the top 10 tips to help you prepare for test day.

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1. Be sure you have a MCAT-Accepted ID that you can present on test day. If your ID doesn’t meet the necessary criteria, you will not be allowed to test. Hint: Make sure that your first and last name on your ID match the name you entered during registration! If they do not match, you may change your registration in the MCAT Registration system up until the Bronze Zone deadline.
**If you are unable to provide the required identification, or if you have any questions about our identification policies, you must contact AAMC Services no later than the Silver Zone deadline, at 202-828-0600 for further assistance.

2. Read the MCAT Essentials. This document is crucial to a successful experience during your MCAT exam. It provides critical information about MCAT policies and procedures, and was required reading at the time you registered for the MCAT. You agreed to the terms listed in the Essentials by registering for the MCAT exam.

3. Learn about the health and safety protocols and  check-in process in advance. Watch this short video to better understand what to expect on test day.

4. Review the many resources available to help you prepare for the MCAT Exam. The AAMC offers both free and purchasable study materials that will help you at every stage of your preparation. 

5. Practice with the exam features. Understanding the various features and functions of the MCAT Exam (highlight, strikethrough, etc.) before you arrive on test day will help you feel more prepared. Access the “Practice with Exam Features” free resource by logging in to the MCAT Official Prep Hub with your AAMC credentials and navigating to the Free Resources section.

6. Know the time zone of your test center. If you are crossing state or county lines, be sure to confirm the time zone. Some states/counties do not adhere to daylight savings time.

7. Plan to arrive at the testing center 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Test center Administrators will start checking examinees in 30 minutes before your exam starts. It is best to plan and know how to get to your testing center. You are not allowed to tour the testing center prior to test day, but you will know how to get there and how long it will take. Hint: Make sure to review campus map(s) if your test center is located at a college or university.

8. Read Honoring Your Examinee Agreement. The Examinee Agreement is required reading. On test day, you will be presented with a Certification Statement that reminds you of your obligations under the Examinee Agreement. By proceeding beyond the Certification Statement on test day, you will be certifying that you understand and agree to comply with these obligations. Be sure you understand why it’s important and what you are agreeing to when you take the exam.

9. Know what you can and can’t have in and out of the testing room. These test center regulations and procedures ensure the fairness and quality of testing conditions for all examinees.

10. Contact AAMC Services with questions. AAMC staff are available to assist MCAT examinees with any MCAT related questions that may arise. You may call 202-828-0600 between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET on weekdays to speak with an AAMC staff member or contact us at

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