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MCAT Registration Dates

MCAT Registration Dates
Registering for the MCAT is the first step towards crushing the exam and getting in to medical school. Even though registering to take the exam is seemingly easy and harmless, it is nerve-wrecking and confusing for a lot of students, especially those who have never done so before. After all, this one decision could potentially shape your future and have a domino effect on all of your future goals. In other words, the pressure to pick the right date and time to take the MCAT is high. To add even more stress to the situation is the fact that there are so many MCAT registration dates and times to choose from. What is a pre-med like you to do? Follow these quick tips and you’ll be registered and ready to begin your MCAT prep in no time.

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5 Tips For MCAT Registration

  1. Register early– Believe it or not, MCAT registration dates fill up very quickly. Most students want to take the exam at their preferred testing location on a date that works best for them. However, the closer it is to test date, the more likely it is that all of the spots at your local testing center will be filled. I once had to drive 60 miles from home just to take the MCAT! So take my advice and register as far in advance as possible.
  2. Keep long-term goals in mind– When you’re picking your MCAT registration date, keep in mind that it takes about 30 days to get your scores back. So if you need to have your scores back by a certain time for your application, for instance, be sure to take score release dates into consideration.
  3. Know the deadlines– Each MCAT registration date has associated deadlines to reschedule or cancel your registration. Know when these deadlines are and lock them into your calendar.
  4. Be prepared– There are a few things you should do in advance to make registering for the MCAT a little bit easier. Sign up for an AAMC account, if you haven’t done so already, have your government-issued ID available (something like a driver’s license), and have your form of payment handy.
  5. Pick a date that works best for YOU– Each student has a slightly different timeline for preparing for and taking the MCAT. If you know you need more time to prepare than your friends, then register for a later date. The goal is to take the MCAT as few times as possible, so pick an MCAT registration date that you feel will best help you achieve that goal!

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