The Medical College Admission Test is a standardized exam required by all Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools, as well as some schools outside of the US.
- If you are beginning to plan your medical school application and MCAT study, consult the Applicants page. Attend the Applicant Seminars during the academic year leading to your application.
- You must have completed, and done well in, the required courses to study for and take the exam.
- Take the exam only when you are best prepared and no later than May of the year in which you apply to medical school. Test scores remain on your record permanently and are reported to all medical schools.
- The 1992-2015 exam format was discontinued in January 2015. Explore the MCAT 2015 & Health Professions Personal Competencies page for information about the new MCAT format.
- MCAT test scores are typically accepted for 3-4 years (check medical school websites). Scores from the 1992- 2015 exam format will remain valid after 2015. Individual medical schools list their policies about accepting the old exam format scores in the attachment at the bottom of this page.
TEST REGISTRATION TIME-FRAMES
April- September 2015 Test Calendar
2016 test dates will be announced at the end of August 2015 (the exam will be offered January and April through September). To ensure you can take the test at a place and time that enables you to do as well as possible, ensure you register long before the test date you are interested in.
MD SCHOOL POLICIES ON ACCEPTING THE CURRENT MCAT/MCAT 2015 IN FUTURE APPLICATION YEARS
This information was las consulted in JUne 2015. NOTE: Two medical schools, Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine will accept scores from the current and future MCAT exam through the 2017 application cycle although this is not reflected in the PDf below. The MSAR online will include updates in summer and fall 2015.