What's the Latest I Should Take the MCAT for an Application Cycle

What’s the Latest I Should Take the MCAT for an Application Cycle?


A pretty common question we get asked is “what’s the latest I should take the MCAT if I want to apply this year?”. Great question! There’s several factors to consider when you talk about MCAT timing. We’ve laid out a few different scenarios below to help you determine what the latest date you should take the MCAT is.

Scenario 1: Taking the MCAT just once and applying early

If you are only taking the MCAT once, the most ideal scenario is that you have your MCAT score by the time the application opens up in early June. That usually means taking the MCAT in the winter/early spring (Jan – April test dates) because MCAT scores take about a month to be released (see score release dates below). For some people, that is during their Spring semester, which may become busy (classes, MCAT, application, extracurriculars, etc!). For others, this is during a gap year so it’s not as cumbersome to carve out MCAT study time.

Scenario 2: Taking the MCAT just one and applying without an MCAT score

This scenario is fairly common for test takers in the later Spring. If you take your MCAT in mid-May, you won’t have your score back until mid-June. Remember, the application opens up in early June, so that means you don’t have your score by the time you apply. That’s not the end of the world as you CAN STILL SUBMIT OUR AMCAS WITHOUT AN MCAT SCORE (little known fact, but super important one!). You can choose a list of schools and add to it as well post submission, depending on your MCAT score. You can do this and have your score come out as late as mid-August (which means a mid-July test date) and still be relatively early in the cycle because you’ll be “complete” by the time secondaries come out and you submit them. That typically means that mid-July is the absolute latest we’d recommend taking the test, if you are only taking it once, and you want a relatively early application. Even with that, you should be getting the rest of your application done before your MCAT (which can get difficult with timing, but hopefully you get the idea!

Scenario 3: Taking the MCAT multiple times

It’s of course possible to take the MCAT more than once. That means you can have a score, apply, and still have a pending score. The same situation as scenario 2 applies in that you may not have a final school list yet. You may also start getting your AMCAS application actually evaluated by schools because you already have 1 score, so that means you can take the second MCAT a tiny bit later (mid-August MCAT date would be the last advisable date in this scenario).

MCAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates

Test Date Release Date
Friday, January 18, 2019Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Thursday, January 24, 2019Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Friday, May 31, 2019Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Wednesday, July 10, 2019Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Saturday, July 20, 2019Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Friday, August 2, 2019Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Friday, August 9, 2019Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Friday, August 30, 2019Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Saturday, August 31, 2019Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Friday, September 6, 2019Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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