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MCAT Registration Information

Instructor: William White
Prospective medical students can sign up for MCAT test dates during one of three registration windows. Keep reading to learn about the fees associated with each of them and find out when the test is offered.

The MCAT Registration Process

Registration for the MCAT is completed online through the American Association of Medical Colleges' (AAMC) website. To begin this process, you will need to create an account with a username and login.

You must also affirm the reason you're taking the test. Registration is open to students seeking admission to health professions programs. Current medical students and individuals taking the exam for reasons other than program admission will need to get special permission to take the MCAT.

The next step is selecting a date and location to take the MCAT. While both of these items may be changed, additional fees apply. When completing this process, be sure the first and last name you enter on the registration form appears just as it does on your ID.

Test Dates, Registration Fees and Deadlines

For 2016, the MCAT is administered in January and from April to September:

  • January 22, 23
  • April 1, 23
  • May 6, 14, 20
  • June 2, 18
  • July 8, 9, 22
  • August 4, 5, 19, 20, 25
  • September 1, 9, 10

Registration fees and deadlines for the MCAT vary depending on when you complete the process. Reservations made a month or more in advance, referred to as the Gold Zone, cost $305; rescheduling fees are $75. The Silver Zone refers to registrations made two to three weeks ahead of the test date you want to sit for. The registration fee is the same as the Gold Zone, but the rescheduling fee is $135. The last zone, the Bronze Zone, costs $355 to register with no rescheduling option available. This zone is for registrations made up to one week ahead of the test. Additional fees apply to international applicants.

Preparing for the MCAT

The MCAT is a comprehensive exam that requires extensive preparation. To help you get ready, the AAMC offers study guides and sample tests that are available for purchase. You can also access a free online tutorial outlining topics covered in each of the exam's multiple-choice sections.

Study.com also offers study resources for the MCAT that are available for a monthly membership fee. The MCAT Test: Practice and Study Guide course features short video lessons and quizzes designed to help you review key biology, chemistry and psychology concepts covered on the exam. Additional resources include a personal dashboard to track your course progress and the ability to contact instructors if you have questions about a lesson or chapter topic. All of these study materials can be accessed from a home computer or mobile device.

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