MCAT Registration Dates (2021) – How to Register for the MCAT

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Out of everything you need to do to take the MCAT, MCAT registration should be the easiest step. But it can be really stressful! Before you sit down at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website to register for the MCAT exam, get your MCAT questions answered in this guide, with expert MCAT registration tips and resources included!


 

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MCAT Registration Dates 2021

So when can you sign up for the MCAT, and what are the deadlines? Here’s what you need to know about 2021 MCAT test dates and AAMC’s MCAT registration 2021 dates.

2021 MCAT TEST DATESREGISTRATION DEADLINE (GOLD)REGISTRATION DEADLINE (SILVER)REGISTRATION DEADLINE (BRONZE)SCORE RELEASE DATE
Friday, January 15, 2021December 17, 2020December 31, 2020January 7, 2020Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021December 18, 2020January 1, 2021January 8, 2021Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021December 23, 2020January 6, 2021January 13, 2021Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021December 27, 2020January 10, 2021January 17, 2021Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021February 12, 2021February 26, 2021March 5, 2021Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021February 25, 2021March 11, 2021March 18, 2021Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021March 12, 2021March 26, 2021April 2, 2021Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021March 25, 2021April 8, 2021April 15, 2021Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021April 1, 2021April 15, 2021April 22, 2021Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021April 2, 2021April 16, 2021April 23, 2021Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021April 15, 2021April 29, 2021May 6, 2021Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021April 16, 2021April 30, 2021May 7, 2021Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021April 21, 2021May 5, 2021May 12, 2021Tuesday, July 22, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021April 29, 2021May 13, 2021May 20, 2021Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021May 6, 2021May 20, 2021May 27, 2021Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021May 20, 2021June 3, 2021June 10, 2021Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Saturday, June 19, 2021May 21, 2021June 4, 2021June 11, 2021Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021May 28, 2021June 11, 2021June 18, 2021Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021June 1, 2021June 15, 2021June 22, 2021Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021June 18, 2021July 2, 2021July 9, 2021Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021June 23, 2021July 7, 2021July 14, 2021Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Friday, July 30, 2021July 1, 2021July 15, 2021July 22, 2021Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Saturday, August 7, 2021July 9, 2021July 23, 2021July 30, 2021Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021July 15, 2021July 29, 2021August 5, 2021Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021July 23, 2021August 6, 2021August 13, 2021Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021July 28, 2021August 11, 2021August 18, 2021Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021July 29, 2021August 12, 2021August 19, 2021Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Thursday, September 2, 2021August 4, 2021August 18, 2021August 25, 2021Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Friday, September 3, 2021August 5, 2021August 19, 2021August 26, 2021Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021August 12, 2021August 26, 2021September 2, 2021Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021August 13, 2021August 27, 2021September 3, 2021Tuesday, October 12, 2021

In this table, we’ve also provided score release dates. How is this relevant to MCAT registration? Because the release date determines when medical schools will get your scores–it’s a key part of submitting your overall application! As you can see, scores are usually released mid-week, on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, no matter what day of the week you took your test.

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How do I register for the MCAT?

If you’re wondering how to register for the Medical College Admission Test in 2021, there are a few things you should do in advance to make it easier. Here’s the process! (Note: If you’re registering for the MCAT with accommodations, the process is slightly different. Call 1-800-466-0450 to register.)

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  1. Create a required AAMC account. This will help you access the MCAT registration system. To set up an account, you’ll need a username and password.
  2. Gather your ID and credit card (or debit card). Have your government-issued ID available (something like a driver’s license), and have your form of payment handy.
  3. Access the registration portal. Click on “Students and Residents” in the left-hand bar, then “Applying to Medical School,” then “Register for the MCAT.” In the registration system, select “Start Exam Registration.”
  4. Fill in information as required. This will include personal info (think: date of birth, address, country), biographic information, background, various releases.
  5. Choose your test date from the schedule. This screen will also show you MCAT testing locations that are available near you. Note that MCAT dates fall throughout the week, so think about what day would be best for you–Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Keep in mind that weekend dates tend to fill up fast!
  6. Pay and complete your registration! You can pay with VISA, MasterCard, or American Express.

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How much does it cost to register for the MCAT?

The MCAT can be pricey! But the initial MCAT registration fees aren’t the only cost. Exactly how pricy registering for the MCAT is depends on when you register. The AAMC does this by “zones”: there’s the gold zone deadline, the silver zone deadline, or the bronze zone deadline.

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at MCAT fees!

MCAT Costs 2021

FeeGold Zone Registration (more than 29 days before the test)Silver Zone Registration (15-28 days before the test)Bronze Zone Registration (8-14 days before the test)
Initial Registration Fee$320 (with fee assistance: $130)$320 (with fee assistance: $130)$320 (with fee assistance: $130)
Date Change or Test Center Change FeeTemporarily waived (see AAMC article for details)Temporarily waivedTemporarily waived
Cancellation Refund$320 (with fee assistance: $130)$320 (with fee assistance: $130)$320 (with fee assistance: $130)
International Fee$115 (with fee assistance: $115)$115 (with fee assistance: $115)$115 (with fee assistance: $115)

International fees apply to all test-takers outside of the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For international test takers, cancellations will refund your initial registration fee to you, but not your international fee. In other words, you get a cancellation refund, but not an international refund.

Note that if you’re struggling to pay for the MCAT, the AAMC fee assistance program may help you out.

Important: The AAMC has clarified that these prices are only valid for January and March 2021 exams, and may change either before the April-June and/or the July-September periods.

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Can you register for two MCAT dates?

Not at the same time. You can take the MCAT up to three times in a single testing year, but you’re only allowed to be registered for one seat at a time.

If a conflict has arisen with your original test date reservation, you may be able to reschedule your exam on the AAMC website (you can also change your preferred location there. In both cases, you may need to pay rescheduling fees or cancellation fees; depending on your situation, you may only get a partial refund). Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until after the day of your test to register again.

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How fast does MCAT registration fill up?

In other words, how early do you have to register for the MCAT? 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. As you can imagine, Saturday is a very popular MCAT test day.

Understandably, the closer it is to the test date (and the last date of registration), 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! If you can register well in advance of the day of the deadline, you’ll have a better shot at getting the slot you want.

Just how early can you register? Registration for the MCAT is split into two phases. In October, students may begin to register for January through May test dates. June through September test dates open for registration in February. You can follow the AAMC’s twitter page to learn the exact time when registration opens. In the past, it has opened early in the morning based on the Eastern Time Zone.

To ensure that you can get the MCAT test date and testing center location you want, make sure to register as soon as possible.

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A Final Word on MCAT Registration

With all of this in mind, how far in advance should you schedule your MCAT? As soon as possible after registration opens for your chosen date. Not only will this ensure you the date you want, but it will also help you start your MCAT prep (or even sign up for an MCAT course!) with the goal of preparing by a certain date—helping you brush up on all that sociology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, psychology, critical analysis skills, and other topics, and eventually to succeed on your mission to reach your target MCAT score!

In the end, keep in mind that this is one small part of the application cycle, which in itself is a small part of your overall medical education and eventual medical career. While future medical students may find the process overwhelming at first, some organization and flexibility in advance will help you get through it successfully. Good luck!

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