MCAT Registration Essentials
MCAT is administered twenty five times in a year from January to September by Association of American Medical Colleges. You can register online via the Association of American Medical Colleges. Visit this website for detailed information on the registration process - https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/. There are many points that you must consider before registering for MCAT. To register MCAT you must first create a username and password with AAMC. Using these details you can apply online.
You can choose a date of your convenience and register for it. As online registration opens at least 12 weeks prior to the test date, you are advised to register MCAT at least 60 days before the test date. This will ensure that you get the center of your choice. If you are planning to take the MCAT test more than once it is best if you schedule your first test in the first few months-January, March, April or May, as you can register only for one session at a time. If you take the test at a later date you may not find a center for your retest. If you register MCAT in the earlier months for the first time, you can retake the test in the later months.
The last date for submission of the application is usually 14 days prior to the test date but earlier registration will be better as seats are allotted on a first-come first-served basis. You can register up to 7 days before the test days by paying a late application fee.
The test dates along with the last date for registration and tentative release of test scores can be accessed at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/reserving/261800/deadlineandscorerelease.html
To register MCAT a regular registration fee of $240 is collected. $80 is collected for international test site. $70 each is collected for late registration, date reschedule and change of test center. The fees can be paid only by Visa or MasterCard. Debit cards with Visa or MasterCard logo is also accepted. No other form of payment is accepted.
A Fee Assistance Program is in place for students with extreme financial difficulties. For them the regular fee is reduced to $85 instead of $240. If you decide to cancel taking the test, $115 of the regular registration fee will be refunded to you. For an FAP registration $85 will be refunded. No other fees will be refunded.
To register MCAT the application form requires some details. The details include Name, Contact information including phone number and e mail id. The name that you give must be exactly like how it is on the ID card that you will carry to the test center. Even if there is a minor difference between the two, you will not be allowed to sit for the test. So you have to be very careful while filling in the details. Very rarely, due to unavoidable circumstances, the test center may be changed. This change will be intimated to you over phone or by mail. So the details you provide should be updated and correct. Make sure that your mail does not recognize mails from AAMC or Prometric as spam.
These are the pre requisites for you to register. But before registration another important factor that you should consider is whether you will have enough time to prepare. Think in detail about how much time you will require to sincerely prepare for the MCAT and then decide on the date. Preparation is the key to getting a high MCAT score. And only with a high MCAT score you can get admission in a reputed medical school. First and foremost decide on the time required and then register for the MCAT.
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