2022 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release Dates

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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. (In 2022, however, they’re offering 30 dates!) You will want to plan your MCAT prep 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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2022 MCAT Test Dates, Score Release Dates, and Registration Dates

Although (like most things) the MCAT was disrupted by COVID-19 in 2021, MCAT test dates will continue to follow a similar schedule to the 2021 calendar.

However, the 2022 schedule does include afternoon testing sessions to provide more flexibility! These dates are marked with an asterisk (*) when available.

January 14, 2022November 15, 2021 December 15, 2021January 4, 2022February 15, 2022
January 15, 2022November 16, 2021 December 16, 2021January 5, 2022February 15, 2022
January 20, 2022November 21, 2021 December 21, 2021January 10, 2022February 22, 2022
January 21, 2022November 22, 2021 December 22, 2021January 11, 2022February 22, 2022
March 12, 2022January 11, 2022February 10, 2022March 2, 2022April 12, 2022
March 25, 2022January 24, 2022February 23, 2022March 15, 2022April 26, 2022
April 8, 2022February 7, 2022March 9, 2022March 29, 2022May 10, 2022
April 9, 2022February 8, 2022March 10, 2022March 30, 2022May 10, 2022
April 29, 2022February 28, 2022March 30, 2022April 19, 2022May 31, 2022
April 30, 2022March 1, 2022March 31, 2022April 20, 2022May 31, 2022
May 13, 2022March 14, 2022April 13, 2022May 3, 2022June 14, 2022
May 14, 2022March 15, 2022April 14, 2022May 4, 2022June 14, 2022
May 19, 2022March 20, 2022April 19, 2022May 9, 2022June 21, 2022
May 27, 2022March 28, 2022April 27, 2022May 17, 2022June 28, 2022
June 4, 2022April 5, 2022May 5, 2022May 25, 2022July 6, 2022
June 17, 2022April 18, 2022May 18, 2022June 7, 2022July 19, 2022
June 18, 2022April 19, 2022May 19, 2022June 8, 2022July 19, 2022
June 24, 2022April 25, 2022May 25, 2022June 14, 2022July 26, 2022
June 25, 2022April 26, 2022May 26, 2022June 15, 2022July 26, 2022
June 30, 2022May 1, 2022May 31, 2022June 20, 2022August 1, 2022
July 16, 2022May 17, 2022Jun 16, 2022July 6, 2022August 16, 2022
July 29, 2022May 30, 2022June 29, 2022July 19, 2022August 30, 2022
August 5, 2022June 6, 2022July 6, 2022July 26, 2022September 7, 2022
August 20, 2022June 21, 2022July 21, 2022August 10, 2022September 20, 2022
August 26, 2022*June 27, 2022July 27, 2022August 16, 2022September 27, 2022
August 27, 2022June 28, 2022July 28, 2022August 17, 2022September 27, 2022
September 1, 2022July 3, 2022August 2, 2022August 22, 2022October 4, 2022
September 2, 2022*July 4, 2022August 3, 2022August 23, 2022October 4, 2022
September 9, 2022*July 11, 2022August 10, 2022August 30, 2022October 11, 2022
September 10, 2022July 12, 2022August 11, 2022August 31, 2022October 11, 2022

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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!

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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 2021, the AMCAS transmission date was June 26th. This means that students that have verified primary applications by June 26 began receiving secondary applications on this day. You can anticipate the transmission date for 2022 falling around the same time of year. 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!

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  • Ken

    Ken is a former blog writer for Magoosh who left to focus on developing novel and effective ways to help students achieve success on the MCAT exam.

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