2023 MCAT Test Dates & Score Release

July 26, 2023
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Rohan Jotwani

Former Chief Resident in Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, & Admissions Officer, Columbia University

Reviewed: 7/25/23

Taking the MCAT is a big step in your medical school journey, so it’s important to know your options for MCAT test dates! Here are the 2023 MCAT test days, score release dates, and when to register.

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2023 MCAT Test Dates and Deadlines

The MCAT is a computer-based standardized test administered several times throughout the year. There are 31 exam dates scheduled for 2023. 

These exam dates all run one 8:00 am exam per day. 

Below are the AAMC’s dates for 2023 with their corresponding score release dates. Note that the suggested prep dates give you approximately three to six months to prepare for test day.

2023 MCAT
Test Date (January-September)
Score Release Date Register Suggested Prep Dates
January 13, 2023 February 14, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 August to October
January 14, 2023 February 14, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 August to October
January 19, 2023 February 21, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 August to October
January 27, 2023 March 3, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 August to October
March 11, 2023 April 11, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 October to December
March 24, 2023 April 25, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 October to December
April 14, 2023 May 16, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 November to January
April 15, 2023 May 16, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 November to January
April 28, 2023 May 31, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 November to January
April 29, 2023 May 31, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 November to January
2023 MCAT
Test Date (January-September)
Score Release Date Register Suggested Prep Dates
May 12, 2023 June 13, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 December to February
May 13, 2023 June 13, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 December to February
May 18, 2023 June 21, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 December to February
May 26, 2023 June 27, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 December to February
June 3, 2023 July 6, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
June 16, 2023 July 18, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
June 17, 2023 July 18, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
June 23, 2023 July 25, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
June 24, 2023 July 25, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
June 24, 2023 July 25, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
2023 MCAT
Test Date (January-September)
Score Release Date Register Suggested Prep Dates
June 29, 2023 July 31, 2023 October 25 and 26, 2022 January to March
July 15, 2023 August 15, 2023 February 22, 2023 February to April
July 28, 2023 August 29, 2023 February 22, 2023 February to April
August 4, 2023 September 6, 2023 February 22, 2023 March to May
August 19, 2023 September 19, 2023 February 22, 2023 March to May
August 25, 2023 September 26, 2023 February 22, 2023 March to May
August 26, 2023 September 26, 2023 February 22, 2023 March to May
August 31, 2023 October 3, 2023 February 22, 2023 April to June
September 1, 2023 October 3, 2023 February 22, 2023 April to June
September 8, 2023 October 13, 2023 February 22, 2023 April to June
September 9, 2023 October 13, 2023 February 22, 2023 April to June

Source: AAMC

Note that there are no MCAT dates past September. 

2024 MCAT Dates

We don’t have the 2024 MCAT dates yet, but we’ll update them here as soon as the AAMC releases them!

MCAT Start Times

Each of the 31 MCAT exam dates in 2023 has a start time of 8:00 am. The AAMC states that all MCAT test times are the same unless otherwise noted in the chart.

MCAT Testing Locations

Upon registering for the test, you can select the MCAT testing location that’s most convenient for you. You can reschedule your test date or change your testing center for a fee up to 10 days before your test date. 

The AAMC administers the test on the dates listed above in locations all across the U.S. You can see the exact location of your exam on your AAMC account. 

How to Choose the Right Time to Take the MCAT

Selecting your MCAT test date can be challenging, especially if you’re nervous about taking the test. Here are some tips to help you choose the best time to take the MCAT. 

Consider Whether You Want Time for a Potential Retake

It’s common for MCAT test-takers to retake the exam, especially if they’re unhappy with their first score. While you may feel confident and ready to tackle the test, taking it early enough that you have more time to study and schedule a retake can give you the opportunity to boost your score if needed. 

Consider When You Want to Apply to Med School 

The first round of primary applications submitted by students is received by med schools in late June. Since medical schools typically have rolling admissions, you don’t want your MCAT score release date to slow down when your application is reviewed. 

Consider testing in May at the latest to ensure your scores are ready before late June. 

Consider How Much Time You Need to Prepare 

Some candidates need more time to prepare for the MCAT than others, and that’s okay! 

Although most test-takers will spend at least three months preparing for the test, you may need more or less time, depending on your responsibilities, how much time you study per week, whether you’re working with an MCAT tutor or alone, and proficiency in the MCAT’s subject matter. 

Student looking at MCAT score

Ensure you’ve spent enough time studying before taking the MCAT.

How to Choose the Best MCAT Test Date 

Choosing your MCAT test date can be challenging, especially if you’re nervous about taking the test. Here are some tips to help you choose the best time to take the MCAT. 

Consider Whether You Want Time for a Potential Retake

It’s common for MCAT test-takers to retake the exam, especially if they’re unhappy with their first score. While you may feel confident and ready to tackle the test, taking it early enough that you have more time to study and schedule a retake can give you the opportunity to boost your score if needed. 

Consider When You Want to Apply to Med School 

The first round of primary applications submitted by students is received by med schools in late June. Since medical schools typically have rolling admissions, you don’t want your MCAT score release date to slow down when your application is reviewed. Consider testing in May at the latest to ensure your scores are ready before late June. 

Consider How Much Time You Need to Prepare 

Some candidates need more time to prepare for the MCAT than others, and that’s okay! Although most test-takers will spend at least three months preparing for the test, you may need more or less time, depending on your responsibilities, how much time you study per week, and proficiency in the MCAT’s subject matter. 

Student looking at a piece of paper and wondering how much time he needs to prepare for the MCAT

Ensure you’ve spent enough time studying before taking the MCAT. 

FAQs: MCAT Test Dates 

Still have questions about the MCAT exam dates in 2023? Read on for more answers! 

1. When Do MCAT Scores Come Out? 

MCAT test scores are released approximately 30-35 days after your AAMC MCAT scheduled date. 

2. What Time Are MCAT Scores Released? 

All MCAT scores are set to be released at 5:00 pm EST

3. Will I Be Notified When My MCAT Scores Are Released? 

You won’t be notified that your scores have been released, but you can check your account at any time to see if they’ve been made available. 

4. What Is the Latest MCAT Date for the 2023 Cycle? 

The latest MCAT date is September 9. You have until the 10-day MCAT registration deadline to schedule your test on August 30. 

5. How Many Scheduled MCAT Days Are There in a Year? 

There are 31 days you could take the MCAT in 2023. How many dates are offered may change yearly, but there are approximately 30 annually. 

6. When Should I Start Preparing for the MCAT? 

When you should start preparing for the MCAT depends on your familiarity and proficiency with test content, your target score, and when you plan to apply to med school. A recent AAMC survey found that most test-takers studied for 20 hours a week for three months.

Final Thoughts

You’ve stressed enough over your MCAT prep; choosing your test date shouldn’t be stressful too. Ensure you give yourself enough time to retake the test if necessary before applying to med school. 

Although you have until ten days before the MCAT test dates to schedule your test, it’s good to schedule it as far in advance as possible. That way, you won’t risk any complications, and you’ll have one less thing to stress about. Good luck with your exam!

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