The 2023 MCAT test dates, MCAT registration dates and score release dates have been officially released by the AAMC! The standard start time is at 8:00 A.M. daily unless otherwise noted. Scores are released by 5:00 P.M. ET on the scheduled score release date.

2023 MCAT TEST DATE SCORE RELEASE DATE Register Suggested Prep Dates
January 13Feb. 14October 25 and 26, 2022Start August-October
January 14Feb. 14October 25 and 26, 2022Start August-October
January 19Feb. 21October 25 and 26, 2022Start August-October
January 27March 3October 25 and 26, 2022Start August-October
March 11April 11October 25 and 26, 2022October-December
March 24April 25October 25 and 26, 2022October-December
April 14May 16October 25 and 26, 2022November-January
April 15May 16October 25 and 26, 2022November-January
April 28May 31October 25 and 26, 2022November-January
April 29May 31October 25 and 26, 2022November-January
May 12June 13October 25 and 26, 2022December-February
May 13June 13October 25 and 26, 2022December-February
May 18June 21October 25 and 26, 2022December-February
May 26June 27October 25 and 26, 2022December-February
June 3July 6October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
June 16July 18October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
June 17July 18October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
June 23July 25October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
June 24July 25October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
June 29July 31October 25 and 26, 2022January-March
July 15Aug. 15February 22, 2023February-April
July 28Aug. 29February 22, 2023February-April
August 4Sept. 6February 22, 2023March-May
August 19Sept. 19February 22, 2023March-May
August 25Sept. 26February 22, 2023March-May
August 26Sept. 26February 22, 2023March-May
August 31Oct. 3February 22, 2023April-June
September 1Oct. 3February 22, 2023April-June
September 8Oct. 13February 22, 2023April-June
September 9Oct. 13February 22, 2023April-June

The AAMC announced 30 Medical College Admission Test dates for 2023. There are four test dates in January, and then a break before testing resumes in mid-March. Starting on March 11, tests are administered frequently until early September, with the final test date being September 9, 2023. Tests are held once per day starting at 8 A.M. Scores are released roughly one month after the test date.

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The 2023 MCAT test dates and score release dates have been officially released by the AAMC! Registration for January-June 2023 MCAT dates will open October 25 and 26, 2022. Registration for July-September MCAT dates will be announced soon. Remember, popular MCAT centers and dates fill up fast, so we strongly recommend test takers pre-register. Check out the MCAT test dates above and sign up - Note there is an MCAT registration fee. Then begin crafting your MCAT study plan with an MCAT prep course.

There is a science (of course) to picking the right MCAT test date. You need to be mindful of your schedule, your MCAT prep study plan and if the score will be released in time to apply to medical school.

Once you’ve got a date in mind, it’s time to decide on your MCAT prep and study plan to get a high test score. Whether it be on your own with an MCAT Online Course, MCAT Live Online Course, the best MCAT prep books, or one-on-one with a personal MCAT tutor, make sure you give yourself enough time to study with practice exams. Not sure where to start? Give us a call.

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The Medical College Admission Test (i.e. the MCAT) is a standardized test administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). It’s 7.5 hours long and designed to test future medical students on the abilities that will make you a successful first-year medical student. It’s absolutely not just about the in-depth knowledge of science.

The MCAT exam has four timed sections between 90 and 95 minutes long each. Each section has its own set of topics and sub-topics to cover. High-yield subjects are tested more frequently or more closely than others. The four MCAT sections are:

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

You as the examinee should also be aware of the MCAT testing limits, especially if this isn't your first time taking the test.

  • You may only be registered for one MCAT at a time
  • You can only take the MCAT up to three times in one testing year
  • You can only take the MCAT up to four times over two consecutive testing years
  • You can only take the MCAT seven times in your lifetime (beginning with the April 2015 administrations)

The short answer to this question is: when you’re ready and have done enough MCAT preparation. There are a lot of MCAT test dates to choose from so be sure to choose the date and test center wisely. The MCAT is an important enough component of your med school application that your goal should be to perform to the best of your potential the first time you take it. Although it is possible to retake the exam, doing so is almost universally a stressful experience, and different med schools have different policies in terms of how they weigh multiple attempts.

More generally, it’s a good idea to think about how the MCAT meshes with your application timeline. Although medical schools have rolling admissions, getting your application submitted early—by June or July—will maximize your chances. Given the one-month delay between the exam date and the score release date, this means that if you’re planning on applying in the 2022-2023 cycle, taking the exam in spring 2023 is preferable. However, if you are planning on applying in the 2023-2024 cycle, you can choose whichever time frame will best fit your prep schedule.

Although it’s best not to reschedule, sometimes life happens and rescheduling your exam is the best option. Since the AAMC operates a tiered MCAT registration system and spaces can fill up at testing sites, we recommend trying not to make this decision at the very last minute. Instead, roughly 6 to 8 weeks before your targeted test date is a good time to check in with yourself about whether you’re on track.

Picking the right MCAT date is crucial to success on the exam. Certain schools require their students to complete a premedical curriculum with courses that will definitely help you with the MCAT. You should at minimum take one year of biology, one year of physics, two years of chemistry/organic chemistry and one year of English. For this reason, it’s best to take the MCAT in or after your junior year of college. Some students find it very difficult to balance a full course load and prep; some prefer to study and take the MCAT during a gap year. In short, the best MCAT date is the one that gives you enough time to thoroughly prep.

The MCAT seats on a first-come, first-served basis and you don't want to miss out on your preferred date or test location because you put off the registration. So make your decision wisely but quickly so you can get your preferred date and testing center.

Registering for the MCAT is a meticulous process with plenty of steps along the way.

1. Make sure MCAT registration is open, or at least pre-registration.

If you’re testing in any of these locations (Group A Test Centers), your MCAT registration date is Tuesday, October 25 at noon ET

  • Test centers located in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • International locations: Australia, select provinces in eastern Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec), China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

If you’re testing in any of these locations (Group B Test Centers), your registration is Wednesday, October 26 at noon ET

  • Test centers located in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
  • International locations: Select provinces in western Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan).

The MCAT exam is administered through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).The AAMC operates a tiered system of scheduling deadlines, with the most favorable prices and flexibility options in the Gold Zone (which ends 29 days before the test date). As you move into the Silver Zone, which extends from 29 to 15 days before the exam date, or the Bronze Zone, which is a last-minute option that runs up to 8 days before the exam date, registration becomes more expensive and your options become more limited in terms of cancellation and rescheduling policies.

2. Create an AAMC Account

To register for the exam, begin by setting up a username and password with the AAMC. Once that is completed, the AAMC will issue you an ID number.

You might already have an AAMC ID if you’ve ever purchased or accessed other AAMC products/services, including the Medical School Admissions Requirements™ (MSAR®) database, the AAMC Fee Assistance Program, the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), or AAMC prep products. Never create multiple AAMC IDs.

3. Apply for Fee Assistance

If you’re applying for the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) you need to apply immediately! There is a 2-week turn-around and reduced fees are NOT retroactive. You must have FAP approval BEFORE you register for the exam.

4. Fill out your Personal Information

You’ll be able to complete some of the required information before picking a test date, including your contact and background information, as well as agree to the terms. Once you’ve filled out the required registration information, you will then choose your MCAT test date. Make sure you review the test date schedule in advance and select your preferred date along with a few alternative dates in case your preferred date is unavailable.

5. On registration (the day registration is open)

Log into your AAMC account. You’ll be asked to select a test date, time (8:00 AM), state, and then a testing location. If your state isn’t listed, then all of the seats for that date have been filled. Remember, it’s first-come, first-served. There might be “TBD sites” available, which are sites within a 40-mile radius of a metropolitan area. If the option is available for you, only choose it as an absolute necessity and if you’re prepared to travel. Once you’ve picked a date and location, you’ll be prompted to pay. Have a credit card handy to pay the MCAT registration fee. Keep in mind that registration fees may differ depending on when you register, the date you choose and the test location. Once you’ve registered, you should receive an email confirmation within 24 hours from the AAMC. If you don’t, contact them immediately.

6. Once you’ve registered, you should receive an email confirmation within 24 hours from the AAMC.

If you don’t, contact them immediately.

You will have the chance to pre-register for the MCAT before the registration day opens. However, you won’t be able to choose a test date or location. You will only be allowed to fill in your basic background information and agree to the AAMC terms. While it might not seem like much, completing these small tasks early will save you time when you’re finally able to officially register for an MCAT date.

The AAMC does allow you to change your MCAT date but you will pay a rescheduling fee. While it’s not advisable to change your date on a whim due to nerves, life does happen and sometimes you have no choice but to reschedule your MCAT.

MCAT costs and fees seem to change every year, so it’s important to always stay up-to-date on the fee schedule to avoid sticker shock at registration time. Below are the 2021 MCAT Fees:

Regular Registration: $325

Additional Fees:

International Students Fee: $120

Date and/or Test Center Reschedule: $50-$200

FAP Registration: $130

FAP Reschedule: $20-$80

Note: International students required to pay regular registration fee + international fee.

Once you’ve got a date in mind, it’s time to decide on your MCAT test prep materials. The AAMC recommends studying for roughly 300 hours in total; this often corresponds to study timelines of roughly 3 months, although the details can vary depending on your schedule and how you prep. Most students prepare for about 3-6 months prior to the exam. Whether it’s on your own with a MCAT practice test, an online MCAT course or with a personal MCAT tutor, make sure you aren’t rushed. Not sure which option works best for you? We can help.

Yes and no. Our course students have seen results just as great as our tutoring students and vice versa. The important thing to look for when deciding on MCAT prep is how representative it is. It’s no secret an official AAMC Practice Exam is essential to any MCAT study plan because the closer you can get to the real MCAT, the better you will perform. As the leader is representative test prep, Blueprint MCAT (formerly Next Step) constantly updates our prep material and interface every time the AAMC makes a change to ensure our students do their best.

How long you want to study may also be largely determined by how many points you need to increase to get the score you want. That means the first step is to take a diagnostic exam! You can sign up for our free MCAT diagnostic through a Blueprint (formerly Next Step) Account.

To help ensure you have the best experience on test day, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

  • Double check the test location and time of your appointment, as changes can occur. Arrive at your testing location early. If you’re driving, give yourself plenty of time for traffic. If you’re flying in, try to arrive the day before and spend the night. The last thing you need is any added stress.
  • Before you’re allowed in the testing room, you’ll need to go through a few security measures. Remember to sign-in and bring a valid government-issued ID with the information that matches your registration. Your palms will be scanned and your photo will be taken onsite.
  • You won’t be able to bring your phone inside the room, so make arrangements beforehand or confirm if they have lockers to store your belongings.
  • You will need to follow all COVID-19 protocols your testing center has in place.
  • You will be assigned a computer to complete your test on
  • Bring a drinks, and a snack if you think you’re going to get hungry. Remember it’s a 7-8 hour day! Don’t hesitate to ask for a break if you need it while you’re taking the exam.
  • When you’re finished, raise your hand to be released into freedom.
  • You’ll receive your MCAT score a few weeks later.

If you want to further prepare, this MCAT Essentials Checklist from the AAMC provides critical information about MCAT policies and procedures.

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As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAMC announced the temporary implementation of a shorter MCAT for the June-September MCAT dates. The test was shortened to 5 hours and 45 minutes. There will still be four sections, but the number of questions and time was reduced.