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MCAT Accommodations & How to Apply for One

If you have a disability or medical condition, you may be eligible for adjustments to standard testing conditions on the MCAT. These MCAT accommodations may involve time extensions as well as the use of personal medical items. Not every one may receive accommodation. They are meant for students with legitimate disabilities and medical conditions that warrant adjustments.

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What Are MCAT Accommodations?

As described above, MCAT accommodations are adjustments to the standard testing conditions for students with certain disabilities or medical conditions. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has listed examples of impairments that may lead to an accommodation. The list is not exhaustive but includes:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Major depression
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical impairments
  • Visual impairments
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Mobility impairments

Depending on the needs of the student, accommodations may include:

  • presentation of MCAT testing materials in large print
  • extra testing time
  • a separate testing room
  • an authorization to bring in an inhaler, water, or hard candy into the testing room

How Do I Apply for MCAT Accommodations?

To ensure that students are not exploiting the system, the AAMC has an application system for obtaining an accommodation. Students seeking MCAT accommodations should know that requests will involve a 60-day review cycle (reconsiderations have a shorter 30-day review cycle). This means that students will need to submit their applications at least 60 days before their desired test date (or 30 days if they are reapplying). To apply, all students will need to submit:

  • The online MCAT Accommodations application
  • A cover letter describing the disability
  • A thorough evaluation from an evaluator documenting your disability

Depending on the disability, students may also be expected to include academic transcripts, standardized test scores, verification of previous accommodations, supporting academic records, and/or previous evaluations. Students that are planning on applying for MCAT accommodations should make sure to thoroughly read the application requirements directly from the AAMC.

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