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


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Students often ask: What’s the latest I should take the MCAT if I want to apply this year? Great question! There are 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.

UPDATE: In the 2020-21 application cycle, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting so many things, AAMC released a new timeline for the cycle. You can find the updated dates below!

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).

2022 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release Dates

Test Date Score Release
January 14, 2022 February 15, 2022
January 15, 2022 February 15, 2022
January 20, 2022 February 22, 2022
January 21, 2022 February 22, 2022
March 12, 2022 April 12, 2022
March 25, 2022 April 26, 2022
April 8, 2022 May 10, 2022
April 9, 2022 May 10, 2022
April 29, 2022 May 31, 2022
April 30, 2022 May 31, 2022
May 13, 2022 June 14, 2022
May 14, 2022 June 14, 2022
May 19, 2022 June 21, 2022
May 27, 2022 June 28, 2022
June 4, 2022 July 6, 2022
June 17, 2022 July 19, 2022
June 18, 2022 July 19, 2022
June 24, 2022 July 26, 2022
June 25, 2022 July 26, 2022
June 30, 2022 August 1, 2022
July 16, 2022 August 16, 2022
July 29, 2022 August 30, 2022
August 5, 2022 September 7, 2022
August 20, 2022 September 20, 2022
August 26, 2022* September 27, 2022
August 27, 2022 September 27, 2022
September 1, 2022 October 4, 2022
September 2, 2022* October 4, 2022
September 9, 2022* October 11, 2022
September 10, 2022 October 11, 2022

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