Are you planning to take the MCAT soon? Then you should learn all about the MCAT registration process! This is the first step to actually being able to take the MCAT, which is why it’s important to follow the steps correctly.
However, we understand how difficult the process can be, especially when you’re juggling different priorities besides the MCAT. This article will talk about what you need to know about the registration process to help you out:
- Create your account on the official website of the Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). They are the ones who develop and administer the MCAT yearly.
- After signing up and logging in to your profile, select ‘Start Exam Registration’ on the homepage.
- You will then be prompted to provide basic information, including your address. When inputting such information, fill it in as it would appear on your government ID, specifically the one you will use as identification on your test day.
- After completing all required forms and filling in the information, head on the to ‘Schedule’ page and select ‘Schedule an MCAT Exam’.
- You will then be able to select your MCAT test date and location. Make sure that you already have a free day in mind and set it at your most preferred and accessible location. Make sure to give yourself some time to study for the MCAT, as it is recommended to spend 300-350 hours studying to prepare.
- If ever there aren’t any more seats available on your desired date and location, you may ask to be notified if a slot becomes available, but take note that there aren’t any guarantees. Also, if ever you need testing accommodations, you can submit a request on the MCAT Accommodations Online. Plan accordingly, as the review process can be up to 60 days.
- After selecting your date and location, click on ‘Proceed to Checkout’ and you will then pay for the registration fee. The fee is $320 but if you require financial assistance, the AAMC offers a fee assistance program.
- After payment and confirmation, you’re done! Now, you can begin studying and taking the MCAT practice test to increase your chances of passing the MCAT with flying colors.
Changing the MCAT Test Date
What if something came up on your test date and you’ll need to reschedule the MCAT? You can change the date and/or test center 15 days before the appointment. If you need to cancel your registration, you can do so any time, but you will only receive a partial refund of $160 if you cancel on or less than 29 days before your test date.
Furthermore, take note that there may be a rescheduling fee, depending on when you cancel or reschedule your test date and time. This fee ranges between $95 to $160. Be sure to plan carefully and to choose a date and time where there are free seats available.
Wrapping It Up
Fortunately, the registration process for the MCAT is fairly straightforward. Follow these steps now and get started on your journey towards becoming a licensed physician!