When you’re trying to pick MCAT test dates, getting information early is essential. Unlike other pre-health admissions exams like the OAT and DAT, the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is not offered year-round.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC, the test-maker) selects about 20 MCAT test dates each year, and they are all between the months of January through September to fit in the medical school application cycle. You will want to plan your MCAT prep according to an available MCAT test date.
Table of Contents
- 2021 MCAT Test Dates, Score Release Dates, and Registration Dates
- MCAT COVID-19 Safety Protocols
- MCAT Test Dates and Registration Tips
2021 MCAT Test Dates, Score Release Dates, and Registration Dates
Although (like most things) the MCAT was disrupted by COVID-19 in 2020, you can expect MCAT test dates in future years to follow a similar schedule to the 2021 calendar.
Similarly, while AAMC administered a shortened version of the MCAT in 2020, the full-length MCAT will return in 2021.
However the 2021 schedule does include an extra January test date, and AAMC will be offering an afternoon testing session to provide more flexibility as well!
|2021 MCAT TEST DATES||REGISTRATION DEADLINE (GOLD)||REGISTRATION DEADLINE (SILVER)||REGISTRATION DEADLINE (BRONZE)||SCORE RELEASE DATE|
|Friday, January 15, 2021||December 17, 2020||December 31, 2020||January 7, 2020||Wednesday, February 17, 2021|
|Saturday, January 16, 2021||December 18, 2020||January 1, 2021||January 8, 2021||Wednesday, February 17, 2021|
|Thursday, January 21, 2021||December 23, 2020||January 6, 2021||January 13, 2021||Wednesday, February 24, 2021|
|Monday, January 25, 2021||December 27, 2020||January 10, 2021||January 17, 2021||Wednesday, February 24, 2021|
|Saturday, March 13, 2021||February 12, 2021||February 26, 2021||March 5, 2021||Tuesday, April 13, 2021|
|Friday, March 26, 2021||February 25, 2021||March 11, 2021||March 18, 2021||Tuesday, April 27, 2021|
|Saturday, April 10, 2021||March 12, 2021||March 26, 2021||April 2, 2021||Tuesday, May 11, 2021|
|Friday, April 23, 2021||March 25, 2021||April 8, 2021||April 15, 2021||Tuesday, May 25, 2021|
|Friday, April 30, 2021||April 1, 2021||April 15, 2021||April 22, 2021||Tuesday, June 1, 2021|
|Saturday, May 1, 2021||April 2, 2021||April 16, 2021||April 23, 2021||Tuesday, June 1, 2021|
|Friday, May 14, 2021||April 15, 2021||April 29, 2021||May 6, 2021||Tuesday, June 15, 2021|
|Saturday, May 15, 2021||April 16, 2021||April 30, 2021||May 7, 2021||Tuesday, June 15, 2021|
|Thursday, May 20, 2021||April 21, 2021||May 5, 2021||May 12, 2021||Tuesday, July 22, 2021|
|Friday, May 28, 2021||April 29, 2021||May 13, 2021||May 20, 2021||Tuesday, June 29, 2021|
|Friday, June 4, 2021||May 6, 2021||May 20, 2021||May 27, 2021||Wednesday, July 7, 2021|
|Friday, June 18, 2021||May 20, 2021||June 3, 2021||June 10, 2021||Tuesday, July 20, 2021|
|Saturday, June 19, 2021||May 21, 2021||June 4, 2021||June 11, 2021||Tuesday, July 20, 2021|
|Saturday, June 26, 2021||May 28, 2021||June 11, 2021||June 18, 2021||Tuesday, July 27, 2021|
|Wednesday, June 30, 2021||June 1, 2021||June 15, 2021||June 22, 2021||Tuesday, August 3, 2021|
|Saturday, July 17, 2021||June 18, 2021||July 2, 2021||July 9, 2021||Tuesday, August 17, 2021|
|Thursday, July 22, 2021||June 23, 2021||July 7, 2021||July 14, 2021||Tuesday, August 24, 2021|
|Friday, July 30, 2021||July 1, 2021||July 15, 2021||July 22, 2021||Tuesday, August 31, 2021|
|Saturday, August 7, 2021||July 9, 2021||July 23, 2021||July 30, 2021||Wednesday, September 8, 2021|
|Friday, August 13, 2021||July 15, 2021||July 29, 2021||August 5, 2021||Tuesday, September 14, 2021|
|Saturday, August 21, 2021||July 23, 2021||August 6, 2021||August 13, 2021||Tuesday, September 21, 2021|
|Thursday, August 26, 2021||July 28, 2021||August 11, 2021||August 18, 2021||Tuesday, September 28, 2021|
|Friday, August 27, 2021||July 29, 2021||August 12, 2021||August 19, 2021||Tuesday, September 28, 2021|
|Thursday, September 2, 2021||August 4, 2021||August 18, 2021||August 25, 2021||Tuesday, October 5, 2021|
|Friday, September 3, 2021||August 5, 2021||August 19, 2021||August 26, 2021||Tuesday, October 5, 2021|
|Friday, September 10, 2021||August 12, 2021||August 26, 2021||September 2, 2021||Tuesday, October 12, 2021|
|Saturday, September 11, 2021||August 13, 2021||August 27, 2021||September 3, 2021||Tuesday, October 12, 2021|
2020 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release Dates
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|2020 MCAT TEST DATES||SCORE RELEASE DATE|
|Friday, January 17, 2020||Tuesday, February 18, 2020 |
|Saturday, January 18, 2020||Tuesday, February 18, 2020|
|Thursday, January 23, 2020||Tuesday, February 25, 2020|
|Saturday, March 14, 2020||Tuesday, April 14, 2020|
|Friday, March 27, 2020: CANCELLED||Friday, May 1, 2020|
|Saturday, April 4, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, May 5, 2020|
|Friday, April 24, 2020: CANCELLED||Wednesday, May 27, 2020|
|Saturday, April 25, 2020: CANCELLED||Wednesday, May 27, 2020|
|Saturday, May 9, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, June 9, 2020|
|Friday, May 15, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, June 16, 2020|
|Saturday, May 16, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, June 16, 2020|
|Thursday, May 21, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, June 23, 2020|
|Friday, May 29, 2020||Tuesday, June 30, 2020|
|Friday, June 5, 2020||Tuesday, July 7, 2020|
|Friday, June 19, 2020||Tuesday, July 21, 2020|
|Saturday, June 20, 2020||Tuesday, July 21, 2020|
|Saturday, June 27, 2020: ADDED||Tuesday, July 14, 2020|
|Sunday, June 28, 2020: ADDED||Tuesday, July 14, 2020|
|Tuesday, July 7, 2020||Thursday, August 6, 2020|
|Saturday, July 18, 2020||Tuesday, August 18, 2020|
|Saturday, July 21, 2020: CANCELLED||Tuesday, August 21, 2020|
|Thursday, July 23, 2020||Tuesday, August 25, 2020|
|Friday, July 31, 2020||Tuesday, September 1, 2020|
|Saturday, August 1, 2020||Tuesday, September 1, 2020|
|Friday, August 7, 2020||Wednesday, September 9, 2020|
|Saturday, August 8, 2020||Wednesday, September 9, 2020|
|Friday, August 14, 2020||Tuesday, September 15, 2020|
|Saturday, August 29, 2020||Tuesday, September 29, 2020|
|Thursday, September 3, 2020||Tuesday, October 6, 2020|
|Friday, September 4, 2020||Tuesday, October 6, 2020|
|Friday, September 11, 2020||Tuesday, October 13, 2020|
|Saturday, September 12, 2020||Tuesday, October 13, 2020|
|Sunday, September 27, 2020: ADDED||Tuesday, October 27, 2020|
|Monday, September 28, 2020: ADDED||Tuesday, October 27, 2020|
MCAT COVID-19 Safety Protocols
While many other standardized tests have moved online this year, the AAMC has chosen to continue administering an in-person version of the MCAT. But don’t worry! Below are the health and safety protocols you can expect to be implemented at your testing center:
- Examinees must meet the health requirements and follow health and safety guidelines while testing.
- The number of people in each MCAT test session will be limited and social distancing will be enforced in waiting rooms, at check-in, and in the testing room.
- Face masks will be required for all staff and MCAT examinees.
- Hand sanitizer will be available during testing. Examinees will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter the testing room.
- Increased cleaning and disinfecting regimens will be in place between all testing appointments.
If you have any further questions about COVID-19 safety procedures, just reach out to your local test center!
MCAT Test Dates and Registration Tips
Which MCAT test date should I choose?
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 the MCAT at a later date (letting you take more MCAT practice tests, for one thing!). 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 trying Magoosh’s MCAT prep!
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 deadlines, for instance, be sure to take score release dates into consideration.
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 2020, the earliest day that a June 1st test taker could have their application reviewed is July 2nd.
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.
Applications are submitted in two phases: the primary and secondary applications.
- Primary applications are completed through 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.
- Secondary applications will be sent out when medical schools have received your primary application. AMCAS begins transmission of verified primary applications to medical schools on the last Friday of June.
For 2020, the AMCAS transmission date will be June 30th. This means that students that have verified primary applications by June 30th 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.
Where can I find MCAT registration tips?
For information on how to register for the test, the overall cost, and more, check out our MCAT Registration post.
When should I start studying for the MCAT?
The MCAT’s a long test that tests a lot of material—after all, it lasts 7.5 hours! This means that you’ll want to start prepping early. 3-6 months in advance is ideal.
In a perfect world, that would look like this:
- January test date: Start MCAT prep between August and October of the year before
- March test date: Start MCAT prep between October and December of the year before
- April test date: Start MCAT prep between November of the year before and January of the current year
- May test date: Start MCAT prep between December of the year before and February of the current year
- June test date: Start MCAT prep between January and March of the current year
- July test date: Start MCAT prep between February and April of the current year
- August test date: Start MCAT prep between March and May of the current year
- June test date: Start MCAT prep between April and June of the current year
However, if you don’t have this much time, it’s still possible to get the MCAT prep you need! Magoosh’s MCAT study schedules will help get you caught up on everything you need, from organic chemistry and physics to psychology and critical analysis, whether you have one month or six (or even one week!).
A Final Word on Choosing an MCAT Test Date
Registering for the MCAT can be a stressful process, but with some preparation, a good MCAT course, and anxiety-relieving mindfulness techniques, you will be more than ready to tackle this step and move forward in your medical education and medical career. Good luck!