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MCAT test dates for 2021, as well as score release dates set by the AAMC are presented here. We have also compiled information regarding MCAT registration and testing centers in the United States, Canada and international locations.
Ideally, you would choose an available MCAT test date at a convenient location that allows you the most study time while balancing the score release date which will give you time to submit your MCAT score relatively early in the application cycle.
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The MCAT 2021 test dates in the United States are scheduled on January to September and the standard times are 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The MCAT scores are released 30-35 days later at 5 p.m. of the scheduled date.
The MCAT registration fee is $320. There are 3 MCAT registration 'zones' with their corresponding registration fees, re-scheduling fees, cancellation refund and fee assistance program (FAP) fees.
The information below is for the January and March 2021 MCAT test dates only. We will update the information as soon as AAMC releases its scheduling fee policies for the remaining testing period.
29 days before exam
15 days before exam
8 days before exam
Note: The international registration fee for all zones is $115 and this is in addition to the initial registration fee. The international registration fee is applicable to all countries except for Canada, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The deadline for registration is at 11:59 a.m. ET local test center time of the day of the deadline. It is non-refundable upon registration cancellation. See MCAT Registration Deadlines.
The MCAT testing centers are Pearson VUE authorized test centers located in the US, Canada and international locations. To register for a seat at an international testing site, you should follow the same process as if registering for a seat in the US or Canada. Since the dates and seats at international locations are limited, plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
MCAT International Testing Locations* and Puerto Rico
Note that the list of countries and dates are subject to change so consult the AAMC's website regularly or contact them directly depending on your individual circumstance. AAMC MCAT International Testing Dates
MCAT Test Day Rules and Procedure
These MCAT test day rules and video on procedures will guide you when the big day comes. The AAMC and Pearson VUE testing center staff will strictly adhere to rules to ensure fair and secure testing conditions. Remember these MCAT test day tips and guidelines to help you be better prepared for test day.
1. Read the MCAT Examinee Agreement.
When you register for the MCAT, you will be required to certify that you have read and will abide with the MCAT Examinee Agreement. It is a non-disclosure contract that includes prohibitions on discussion of your test day experience.
2. Learn the testing center regulations and procedures.
Pearson VUE testing centers have uniform testing procedures that you need to adhere to on test day. Due to the pandemic, the guidelines have been revised to include COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of masks that must be strictly followed. These are found on AAMC’s MCAT Essentials.
3. The following are the only items you will be allowed to bring to the testing room:
Acceptable ID with your first and last name matching the ones on your MCAT registration
Noteboard and marker (to be provided by the testing center)
Foam and wireless earplugs (to be provided by the testing center)
Storage key (to be provided by the testing center)
If you have a medical condition that will require you to bring a personal item, read the ‘Personal Medical Items’ in AAMC’s Applying for Accommodations.
4. The following are acceptable IDs in testing centers:
Must not be expired, with the expiration date printed on the ID
Must have a photo and signature
Must be in English
5. You can access only food, water and medication during breaks. You will have two 10-minutes breaks and a 30-minute mid-exam break. During this time, you will not be allowed access to your cell phone or gadget as well as study materials. You should not leave the testing center during breaks.