2024 MCAT® TEST DATES AND
MCAT SCORE RELEASE DATES

The 2024 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.

2024 MCAT TEST DATE SCORE RELEASE DATE Register Suggested Prep Dates
January 12 February 13 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start August-October
January 13 February 13 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start August-October
January 18 February 20 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start August-October
January 26 March 1 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start August-October
March 9 April 9 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start October-December
March 22 April 23 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start October-December
April 12 May 14 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start November-January
April 13 May 14 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start November-January
April 26 May 29 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start November-January
April 27 May 29 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start November-January
May 4 June 4 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start December-February
May 10 June 11 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start December-February
May 11 June 11 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start December-February
May 16 June 18 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start December-February
May 24 June 25 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start December-February
June 1 July 2 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start January-March
June 14 July 16 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start January-March
June 15 July 16 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start January-March
June 22 July 23 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start January-March
June 27 July 30 October 24 and 25, 2023 Start January-March
July 13 August 13 February 27, 2024 Start February-April
July 26 August 27 February 27, 2024 Start February-April
August 2 September 4 February 27, 2024 Start March-May
August 17 September 17 February 27, 2024 Start March-May
August 23 September 24 February 27, 2024 Start March-May
August 24 September 24 February 27, 2024 Start March-May
September 5 October 8 February 27, 2024 Start April-June
September 6 October 8 February 27, 2024 Start April-June
September 13 October 15 February 27, 2024 Start April-June
September 14 October 15 February 27, 2024 Start April-June

The AAMC announced 30 Medical College Admission Test dates for 2024. There are four test dates in January, and then a break before testing resumes in mid-March. Starting on March 9, tests are administered frequently until early September, with the final test date being September 14, 2024. Tests are held once per day starting at 8 A.M. Scores are released roughly one month after the test date. Register for your preferred MCAT test date and location on the AAMC website.

Choose the Best MCAT Prep for You

All of our products include the best, most customizable study plan, access to all AAMC resources, AI-powered Qbank of 4000+ questions and in-depth exam analytics.

Self-Paced Course

MOST FLEXIBLE

You are a busy self-studier who wants to prep on your terms.

160 learning modules


Engaging (and FUN!) videos


Score increase guarantee

From $1,699

LEARN MORE

Live Online

EXTRA ACCOUNTABILITY

You are craving the accountability of classes with supportive instructors.

40+ hours of live instruction


Full access to Self-Paced Course


Score increase guarantee

From $2,599

LEARN MORE

515+ Course

EXTRA RESOURCES

You are willing and able to go to the max to achieve that max score–515 guaranteed!

80+ hours of live instruction


Personalized coaching


515 score guarantee

$3,499

LEARN MORE

MCAT Tutoring

MOST PERSONALIZED

You want a fully customized one-on-one prep experience with an MCAT expert.

The best tutors


Personalized study plan


515 score guarantee available

From $3,599

LEARN MORE

Practice Exam Bundle

AI-POWERED PREP

You are an independent prepper wanting to practice and raise your score.

Representative practice exams


4,000+ AI-powered Qbank


In-depth exam analytics

From $159

LEARN MORE

All Live Instruction prep options also come with full access to the Self-Paced Course.

How to Choose the Right MCAT Test Date

Choosing the right MCAT test date boils down to readiness and thorough preparation. With numerous options available, select your date and test center carefully. Since the MCAT significantly impacts your medical school application, aim to perform optimally on your first attempt, considering the stress associated with retakes and varying school policies.

Consider how the MCAT aligns with your application timeline, aiming to apply early for better chances. For the 2023-2024 cycle, taking the exam in spring 2024 is advisable due to score release delays. However, for the 2024-2025 cycle, choose a timeframe that suits your preparation schedule. While rescheduling may become necessary, plan ahead to avoid last-minute decisions, ideally assessing your readiness 6 to 8 weeks before your intended test date.

Crucially, base your MCAT date choice on ample preparation time, considering prerequisite coursework and personal circumstances. Typically, taking the exam in or after your junior year of college allows for sufficient academic background. Act promptly to secure your preferred date and testing location, recognizing that seats fill up quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. Prioritize a prompt yet well-considered decision to ensure optimal preparation and test day success.

How to Register for the MCAT

Registering for the MCAT is a meticulous process with plenty of steps along the way. To register for the MCAT efficiently, follow these steps:

  1. Check MCAT Registration Dates: Registration typically opens in advance. Visit our blog post or the AAMC website for specific dates based on your test center location.
  2. Create an AAMC Account: Set up a username and password. If you've used AAMC services before, you likely have an ID already. Avoid creating multiple IDs.
  3. Apply for Fee Assistance: If eligible, apply for the Fee Assistance Program (FAP) promptly, as approval is required before registration. Reduced fees are not retroactive.
  4. Provide Personal Information: Fill out necessary details like contact information and background. Review the test date schedule and select preferred and alternative dates.
  5. Register on Opening Day: Log into your AAMC account on the specified registration day. Choose your test date, time, and location. Pay the registration fee promptly.
  6. Confirmation: Expect an email confirmation within 24 hours. Contact AAMC if confirmation is not received promptly.

For more detailed guidance on registration and important dates, visit our blog post.

Free Resources

For Whatever Stage You’re In

First Time Taking the MCAT
Retaking the MCAT
Current Freshman or Sophomore
SEE ALL RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions

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 2023-2024 cycle, taking the exam in spring 2024 is preferable. However, if you are planning on applying in the 2024-2025 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 October 24 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 October 25 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).

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 2024 MCAT Fees:

Regular Registration: $335

Additional Fees:

International Students Fee: $120

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

FAP Registration: $140

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 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.

MCAT® is a registered trademark of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which is not affiliated with Blueprint Test Prep, LLC. Test names and other trademarks are the property of the respective trademark holders. None of the trademark holders are endorsed by nor affiliated with Blueprint Test Prep or this website.

Free Consultation


Request a consultation with an MCAT Advisor, or call 888-530-6398 for immediate assistance.