The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice medical exam administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and required for admission into almost all U.S. medical schools. It is administered multiple times a year in the United, States, Canada and international locations, with test dates from late January through early September (international testing schedules vary).
You may sit for the MCAT exam if you are preparing to apply to any of the following types of health professions schools:
- Veterinary Medicine
However, special permission could be granted to take the MCAT exam if you do not intend to apply to these types of schools. Applications for special permission to take the medical exam can be submitted to AAMC.
You may take the MCAT up to three times in one year, but you may register for only one exam at a time. MCAT registration is only available online. Many schools will not accept MCAT scores that are more than three years old.
The MCAT assess the examinee's problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of science concepts and principles. Scores are reported in Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning, and Biological Sciences.
For more details on the MCAT, preparing for your assessment, and scheduling to take the medical exam, visit the AAMC MCAT homepage.