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MCAT FAQ


  • What is the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)?

  • Exam Preparation

  • Are there any testing accommodations for the MCAT?
  • Where can I order practice MCATs?
  • Can I change my MCAT exam date or test centre?

  • On Exam Day

  • What are the MCAT test day rules and regulations?
  • How to void my MCAT?

  • After the Exam

  • What do I do if I have complains or concerns about the MCAT?
  • Can I request a rescore of my MCAT?
  • When and how can I access my MCAT test scores?
  • How to understand MCAT scoring?
  • How do I release my scores to AMCAS and Non-AMCAS Institutions?
  • Can I retake the MCAT?
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    About the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges)


    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

    The AAMC is a non-profit organization representing 141 accredited US and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools. It also represents almost 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centres and 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students and 110,000 resident physicians.

    The vision of the AAMC and its members is a healthy nation and world in which:

    • America's system of medical education, through continual renewal and innovation, prepares physicians and scientists to meet the nation's evolving health needs.
    • The nation's medical students, biomedical graduate students, residents, fellows, faculty, and the health care workforce are diverse and culturally competent.
    • Advances in medical knowledge, therapies, and technologies prevent disease, alleviate suffering, and improve quality of life.
    • The nation's health system meets the needs of all.
    • Concern for compassion, quality, safety, efficacy, accountability, affordability, professionalism, and the public good guide the health care community.
    • Medical schools and teaching hospitals continually earn the trust and support of the public for their special missions.

     

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    MCAT Test Accommodations


    If you require accommodated testing, you can apply for accommodations. To do this, you will first need an eight-digit, AAMC ID number, which you obtain by creating an AAMC account online.

    For more information, visit the AAMC website:
    https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/accommodations/

    Or contact MCAT Accommodations at:

    accommodations@aamc.org

    or

    AAMC
    MCAT Office of Accommodated Testing
    Attn: Saresa Davis, Mailroom Supervisor
    2450 N St., NW
    Washington DC 20037

     

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    Practicing for the MCAT


    You can access a free, full-length MCAT practice test through the AAMC website: https://www.e-mcat.com. Additional practice tests are available for $35 each.

    There is also the Official MCAT Self-Assessment Package that lets you answer practice MCAT questions online and you will be given feedback on your performance. Cost is $104.

    You can also purchase the newest version of the Official Guide to the MCAT Exam for $30, where you can try out practice questions, read up on tips and strategies for answering the multiple choice sections, plus other important information about the test.

     

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    Changing your MCAT Exam Date or Test Centre


    As long as space permits it, you may make changes to your test date and/or test centre. The last day to reschedule or cancel any exam is 14 days prior to your test date. Additional registration fees apply. If you make changes to both your test date and test centre at the same time, a $90 charge will apply. However, if you make changes to your test date and test centre separately, the charge will be $180.

    Cancellations must be made online, through the MCAT Scheduling and Registration System, 14 days prior to your exam date. You are eligible for a partial refund if you make the cancellation by the regular registration deadline. The maximum refund for the regular registration fee is $135. If you received assistance from the AAMC, your refund will be $100. Additional fees paid for late registration or other charges are not refundable.



    MCAT Test Day Rules


    On test day, a Test Center Administrator will verify your identify by asking you to sign in, provide current valid government issued ID (driver's license or passport) that matches the name on your registration, have your fingerprints collected digitally, and finally have your photo taken.

    Other forms of ID such as employee IDs, library cards, school IDs, etc. are not accepted, even if issued by a government-sponsored institution.

    • No personal items allowed in testing room. Personal belongings must be stored properly.
    • Must sign in and out each time when entering or leaving the room, and present identification whenever entering the room.
    • A digital image of your fingerprint will be taken and your identification will be scanned each time you enter the test room.
    • Raise your hand if you require assistance during the exam and the Administrator will assist you.
    • Seats are assigned by the testing centre Administrator. You will not be permitted to choose your own seats.
    • Access to examination room restricted to testing centre personnel, examinees and authorized observers.
    • Once the examination is launched, you are considered to have tested even if you void or do not complete the test.
    • Time is counted by section. If you finish a section early, you may move on the next section, but the additional time will not be counted towards any subsequent sections.
    • No eating, drinking or smoking.
    • Dress comfortably and be prepared for varying room temperatures. If the test proctor permits you to wear a sweater or jacket in the testing room, you are not permitted to take it off. If you remove an item of clothing during the exam, you will be asked to place it in the secure area.

     

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    Voiding your MCAT


    You may be able to void your exam if you felt uneasy with your performance and do not want your test to be scored. You will only have one opportunity to void your exam. At the end of the test, you will be asked to choose whether you wish to have your exam scored or voided. Please note that your exam will only be voided if you request it on the test day; you cannot void scores at a later date.

     

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    Complaints or Concerns


    • If you have a concern regarding test-day procedures or the testing environment, inform the testing centre Administrator on the day of the test and follow the steps outlined in the 2013 MCAT Essentials immediately (https://www.aamc.org/students/download/63060/data/mcatessentials.pdf)
    • In the unlikely event that a mistake occurs in handling, processing or scoring registration or answers or in reporting scores, the errors will be corrected or the examinee will be permitted to either retest at no additional fee or receive a refund of the examination fee.
    • To receive a response by the time test scores are released, your test centre concern must be received by the AAMC no later than 5 calendar days following your exam.
    • The AAMC will investigate any concerns postmarked or faxed within 10 calendar days after the test date. Processing time may take up to 6 weeks. Concerns postmarked after 10 calendar days will not be investigated.

     

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    Requesting a Rescore


    To request a rescore, request and payment must be sent by mail. Cost for rescoring the entire exam is $60. Letter must be postmarked no later than 30 calendar days following the score release date. Include the following in your letter:

    • Full name
    • AAMC ID Number
    • Mailing address
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
    • Date of test
    • Explanation for rescoring request
    • Fee payment

    Address to:
    Attention: MCAT Rescoring Service
    Association of American Medical Colleges
    2450 N Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20037-1127

     

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    MCAT Scores and Release Dates


    To access your scores, login to the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. Scores are released 30-35 days after your test date.

     

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    Understanding your MCAT Test Scores


    Raw scores from each multiple choice section ( Physical Sciences section, Biological Sciences section and Verbal Reasoning section) will be converted to a scale ranging from 1 to 15. Total score is the sum of the three scored multiple choice sections. Writing Sample section not included in 2013.

    Raw scores are converted to scaled scores to compensate for small variations in difficulty between sets of questions. It is expected that students with equal abilities will get the same scaled score, despite having different raw scores.

     

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    Releasing Scores to AMCAS and Non-AMCAS Institutions


    Scores from exams taken since 2003 are automatically released to AMCAS.

    To electronically release scores to non-AMCAS institutions, use the MCAT Testing History (THx) System (https://www.aamc.org/external/85422?url=https://services.aamc.org/mcatthx/). If the institution you want to send your scores to is not listed in the system, you may use the system to print a copy of your score report and send it by mail.

     

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    Retaking the MCAT


    You may take the MCAT a maximum of three times per year, but you are only allowed to register for one session at a time. You must wait for 48 hours after your scheduled test date to register for the next exam.

     

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