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MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) : Introduction

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The Medical College Admission Test, commonly known as the MCAT, is a standardized examination that has been part of the medical school admissions process for more than 80 years. MCAT is a mandatory exam for getting admission into undergraduate courses in the medical colleges of United States and Canada. Almost all medical schools in the United States and many in Canada require applicants to submit recent MCAT exam scores as part of their application packet, and many health professions and graduate programs now accept MCAT scores in lieu of other standardized tests.

MCAT is conducted by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In conjunction with its member U.S. medical schools, the AAMC develops and administers the MCAT multiple times each year from late January through early September at hundreds of test sites throughout the United States and Canada, as well as selected locations throughout the world.

MCAT is a computer-based standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess the examinee's capacity for problem solving and critical thinking. The MCAT tests for mastery of basic concepts in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. It also tests examinees on the skills and knowledge medical educators and physicians have identified as key prerequisites for success in medical school and the practice of medicine.

MCAT Eligibility

Candidates may sit for the MCAT exam if they are preparing to apply to a health professions school. These include the following types of schools:

At the time of registration, you will be required to accept a statement verifying your intention to apply to a heath professions school. If you are not applying to a health professions school, or if you are a currently enrolled medical student, you may obtain "special permission" to register for the exam.

International Students
There are no additional eligibility requirements for international students.

Special Permissions
Individuals not meeting the eligibility requirement above need to apply for special permission to take the MCAT exam. This includes one or both of the following:

To apply for special permission, please send an email explaining the reason(s) you wish to take the exam to

MCAT Mailing Address:

MCAT Rescoring Service
Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1127
Telephone : 202 828 0690
Fax : 202 828 4799
Email: Contact
Website :

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