The AAMC has now released MCAT testing dates for 2024. MCAT test centers and dates are known to fill up rapidly, so it is essential to register as soon as possible.
You will be able to schedule test dates from January-June beginning on October 24 at 12 PM ET or October 25 at 12 PM ET, depending on your testing center. Group A centers (the furthest eastern part of the US) open 10/24, and Group B centers open registration on 10/25.
Selecting your MCAT test date is more than a logistical decision: It’s a strategic one. Ensure that your score release date aligns seamlessly with your medical school application timeline to optimize your chances for success.
For the 2024/25 application cycle, we recommend taking the MCAT by April 2024 (if possible) and no later than the end of June 2024.
Once your test date is secured, focus on your MCAT preparation. MedSchoolCoach offers two exceptional preparation paths: our one-on-one MCAT tutoring for individualized attention or our comprehensive self-study tools, empowering you to excel at the MCAT at your own pace.
All 2024 MCAT test dates, score release dates, registration dates, and suggested test prep dates are provided below.
|2024 Test Date||Score Release Date||Registration Opens||SUGGESTED PREP DATES|
|January 12||Feb. 13||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||October - January|
|January 13||Feb. 13||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||October - January|
|January 18||Feb. 20||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||October - January|
|January 26||March 1||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||October - January|
|March 9||April 9||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||December - March|
|March 22||April 23||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||December - March|
|April 12||May 14||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||January - April|
|April 13||May 14||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||January - April|
|April 26||May 29||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||January - April|
|April 27||May 29||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||January - April|
|May 4||June 4||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||February - May|
|May 10||June 11||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||February - May|
|May 11||June 11||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||February - May|
|May 16||June 18||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||February - May|
|May 24||June 25||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||February - May|
|June 1||July 2||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||March - June|
|June 14||July 16||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||March - June|
|June 15||July 16||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||March - June|
|June 22||July 23||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||March - June|
|June 27||July 30||Oct. 24 @ 12 PM ET||March - June|
|July 13||Aug. 13||Not yet announced||April - July|
|July 26||Aug. 27||Not yet announced||April - July|
|August 2||Sept. 4||Not yet announced||May - August|
|August 17||Sept. 17||Not yet announced||May - August|
|August 23||Sept. 24||Not yet announced||May - August|
|August 24||Sept. 24||Not yet announced||May - August|
|September 5||Oct. 8||Not yet announced||June - September|
|September 6||Oct. 8||Not yet announced||June - September|
|September 13||Oct. 15||Not yet announced||June - September|
|September 14||Oct. 15||Not yet announced||June - September|
You can register for the 2024 MCAT via The AAMC MCAT Registration Site. Be sure you are registering early in the process since MCAT dates can fill up very fast and unlike other exams, it is not offered year-round. We recommend that you start planning the process as early as possible.
Registration for the 2024 MCAT begins on October 24, 2023 or October 25, 2023 depending on where your testing center is located.
Group A (opens 10/24/23 @ 12 PM ET)
United States Locations
Group B (opens 10/25/23 @ 12 PM ET):
United States Locations:
No, you can only register for a single MCAT test. The AAMC requires that you are only registered for one date at a time. You will not be able to register for more than one test day until you release your registration. You can, however, re-register once you have taken the MCAT.
MCAT scores are released to students about a month after the test date. Take this into account when registering for the MCAT, as there is a point where it may not make sense to apply any longer that cycle. Check out When is the Latest I Should Take My MCAT for more information. Once the MCAT score is released, if you have applied your schools will automatically be updated with the score!
MCAT scores are released at 5 pm EST on the score release date.
The standard registration fee for the MCAT is $330. This is reduced to $135 if you are part of the Fee Assistance Program.
There is also a cost to reschedule your exam of $50 to $200, depending on how far out you reschedule it.
If you are an international student, there is an additional $120 fee.
The best month to take the MCAT is any month before May (and no later than June) of your application cycle year.
Thinking through MCAT timing, especially which month to take the MCAT, is an important consideration for most pre-medical students.
The MCAT is offered at various times throughout the year, and students should plan ahead to best understand when to take it. If you are taking the MCAT within the calendar year of your application, then you should aim to take the MCAT the Winter or Spring before. That means that August may be too late to put in a good, early application to medical school.
Conversely, if you are taking a gap year before you apply, then August may be a fine month to take it, and it would also allow plenty of extra time to potentially retake it in later months.
To find out the best time for the MCAT for you, it’s best to discuss with a knowledge admissions coach about your individual situation.
Once you have an MCAT test date set (or an estimated test date), it’s time to start your study process. Usually, we recommend at least 3 months of dedicated MCAT study time. AAMC, the body that puts out the MCAT, actually recommends studying for roughly 300 hours in total.
Many students practice much more, up to 6+ months to get ready for the MCAT. You can study on your own, or even with a tutor, to help maximize your score. Overall, you want to make sure you have ample time to do content review, practice questions, flashcards and more before you dive into your actual MCAT test.
A good MCAT score will give you a competitive edge over applicants. A score of 511 will put you in the 80th percentile or higher, making you a stronger candidate.
It’s possible to be accepted into medical school with a score under 511, so there are no hard rules on what a good score is. For reference, in 2023, the average MCAT score of matriculants was 512.
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