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How Do I Sign-Up for the MCAT?

Everything you need to know about registering for the MCAT can be found on the MCAT Website and in the MCAT Essentials. It is strongly recommended that you read both so that you know exactly what you need to do to register and don't find yourself without a seat on test day. Here's a brief outline of the steps in the registration process:

  1. Pick an exam date.
  2. Look at the registration and score release dates for your chosen exam.
  3. Identify which MCAT testing site you would like to take your chosen exam.
  4. When registration for your particular exam opens, log into the online MCAT registration system. You will need an AAMC account in order to log in.
  5. Once you have completed your registration, you will need to pay the MCAT registration fee ($255) via credit card. If you register after the deadline, reschedule your exam date, or change your test center location, additional fees will be added on to the registration fee ($55 for each). A Fee Assistance Program (FAP) is available to those students whose total family income is 300% or less of the poverty level for their family size. See Leslie North if you think you're eligible for the FAP.

Here a few additional registration tips:

  • Register early. For the best chance at registering for your preferred test date or location, you should register as early as possible. Seats fill up quickly, especially at smaller test sties. Note that online pre-registration is required and that walk-in registration is not available.
  • Enter your name in the registration system exactly as it appears on your ID. If your name on your registration does not match your ID, you will not be allowed into the test center.
  • Test early if you plan to test more than once. If you think you may test two or three times this year, you should plan your first attempt for January, April, or May. Since you can only hold one seat at a time, a nearby seat may not be available for you by the time you are allowed to register for August and September if you make your first attempt in June or July.
  • Ensure your contact information is accurate and up-to-date. The AAMC occasionally has to a test due to inclement weather, server outages, and other facilities issues. Therefore, you want to make sure they can contact you. You are responsible for ensuring that your contact information is correct and current at all times. You can log into the Scheduling and Registration system at any time to double-check or update your information. Also, make sure your e-mail is set to receive e-mail from the AAMC ("aamc.org" and "aamcsurveys.org") and Prometric ("prometric.com") so it does not recognize them as spam.
  • Check your registration prior to your test date. Log in to the Scheduling and Registration system one more time to make sure you have the current address of your test center. As noted above, a change could have occurred. Also, make sure you know how to get to the test center (and, even if you do, leave yourself enough time to get there in case of any unexpected delays).

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