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2024 MCAT Test and Score Release Dates

Dr. Ken Tao

Posted in: MCAT

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.

Tests dates for all of 2024 are now open for registration.

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.

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All 2024 MCAT test dates, score release dates, and suggested test prep dates are provided below.

2024 MCAT Test Dates

2024 Test DateScore Release DateRegistration Open?Suggested Prep Dates
January 12Feb. 13OpenOctober - January
January 13Feb. 13OpenOctober - January
January 18Feb. 20OpenOctober - January
January 26March 1OpenOctober - January
March 9April 9OpenDecember - March
March 22April 23OpenDecember - March
April 12May 14OpenJanuary - April
April 13May 14OpenJanuary - April
April 26May 29OpenJanuary - April
April 27May 29OpenJanuary - April
May 4June 4OpenFebruary - May
May 10June 11OpenFebruary - May
May 11June 11OpenFebruary - May
May 16June 18OpenFebruary - May
May 24June 25OpenFebruary - May
June 1July 2OpenMarch - June
June 14July 16OpenMarch - June
June 15July 16OpenMarch - June
June 22July 23OpenMarch - June
June 27July 30OpenMarch - June
July 13Aug. 13OpenApril - July
July 26Aug. 27OpenApril - July
August 2Sept. 4OpenMay - August
August 17Sept. 17OpenMay - August
August 23Sept. 24OpenMay - August
August 24Sept. 24OpenMay - August
September 5Oct. 8OpenJune - September
September 6Oct. 8OpenJune - September
September 13Oct. 15OpenJune - September
September 14Oct. 15OpenJune - September

MCAT Test Dates FAQs

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.

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.

This dedicated study time allows you to review MCAT content, like an MCAT Audio Course and to do MCAT practice tests to test your knowledgeable.

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 (especially for high-yield topics), 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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