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2019 MCAT Test Dates – Plus 5 Tips for MCAT Registration

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Unlike other pre-health admissions exams like the OAT and DAT, the MCAT is not offered throughout the entire year.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) selects about 20 MCAT test dates each year and they are all between the months of January through September. You will want to plan your MCAT studies according to an available MCAT test date.

In addition, the way that MCAT score release works is unique among the other pre-health exams. With the MCAT, you have to wait about a month before you get your score report.

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2019 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release Dates

Traditionally, the MCAT has only been offered in the months of January through September.

There was an exception in 2014 where the exam was offered in October, November, and December. This was because the new MCAT was launching in 2015 and students were rushing to take the old exam.

As all of the seats filled up, the AAMC released additional MCAT test dates. As this change has now passed, you should not expect any other exceptions anytime soon.

Below, we have provided for you the MCAT test and MCAT score release dates for 2019 (and 2018, in case you missed them)!

You can expect MCAT test dates in future years to follow a similar schedule.

2019 MCAT TEST DATESSCORE RELEASE DATE
Friday, January 18, 2019Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Friday, August 2, 2019Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Friday, August 9, 2019Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Friday, September 6, 2019Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2018 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release Dates

2018 MCAT TEST DATESSCORE RELEASE DATE
Friday, January 19, 2018Friday, February 23, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, January 25, 2018Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Saturday, June 2, 2018Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Friday, July 20, 2018Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Saturday, July 21, 2018Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Tuesday, July 24, 2018Thursday, August 23, 2018
Friday, August 3, 2018Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Saturday, September 1, 2018Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018Tuesday, October 23, 2018

MCAT Registration Tips

  • 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!

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! Also, if you’re looking for some extra help consider Magoosh’s MCAT prep.

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Applying to Medical Schools

To submit a complete application for medical school, you will need your MCAT score, academic transcripts, personal statement, description of activities and awards, letters of recommendation, and any additional essays required by the school.

These files are submitted in two phases: the primary and second applications. The primary application is the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). To submit your AMCAS application, you need your personal statement, academic transcripts, and description of activities and awards. Once your primary application is submitted, it will have to be verified by the AMCAS.

AMCAS begins transmission of verified primary applications to medical schools on the last Friday of June. When medical schools receive your primary application, they will begin to send you their secondary applications.

For 2019, the AMCAS transmission date will be June 28th. This means that students that have verified primary applications by June 28th will begin receiving secondary applications on this day. If these students submit their secondary application on the same day, medical schools will begin reviewing their complete applications.

Because of the MCAT score release delay, you can see that students must take the MCAT by May if they want their application to be among the earliest reviewed by medical schools. Students that take later exams will be delayed. For example in 2019, the earliest day that a June 1st test taker could have their application reviewed is July 3th.

*Contributions to this article by Magoosh blogger April.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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