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!
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.
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!
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).
|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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