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Rescheduling the MCAT: Your Quick and Simple Guide

May 11, 2022
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How to Reschedule Your MCAT Test DateRescheduling the MCAT After the Bronze DeadlineIs It OK to Reschedule the MCAT?Reasons to Reschedule the MCAT

Reviewed by:

Akhil Katakam

Third-Year Medical Student, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Reviewed: 5/11/22

Are you looking to reschedule your MCAT? Fear not! Here are the quick and simple ways to reschedule the test.  

Life happens fast. Sometimes, despite the most careful planning, you may run into a situation where you need to reschedule important dates. Rescheduling your MCAT may be frustrating to do, as you’ve most likely been studying for a while now. Luckily, the process is simple. 

Here is your quick and easy guide to rescheduling the MCAT, including important deadlines to follow. Let’s get started!

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How to Reschedule Your MCAT Test Date

To reschedule your MCAT exam, you can change your exam date through the online AAMC’s MCAT Registration System, or call 202-828-0600. Before you reschedule your exam, make sure that you will receive your MCAT scores back in time for your med school application deadlines. 

It’s important to note that there are fees for rescheduling your MCAT exam. Below is the AAMC table of rescheduling fees according to when you reschedule your MCAT. Note that you may reschedule your exam up until ten days before the exam.

Table showing the fees to reschedule the MCAT and the Cancellation Refund
Table showing the Program Change Fees to reschedule the MCAT and the Cancellation Refund

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Rescheduling the MCAT After the Bronze Deadline

You can not reschedule your exam after the bronze deadline or ten days before your exam. If you decide to cancel your exam, you may do so, but you will not receive a refund. 

In the ten days before your exam, you can’t make any scheduling changes. If you are in an emergency circumstance and can not take your test after the ten-day limit has passed, call 202-828-0600 to make arrangements.

Is It OK to Reschedule the MCAT?

There is no issue with rescheduling your MCAT as long as you are ready to pay the necessary fees and you reschedule before the final ten-day period. You should also make sure that your MCAT scores will be available before the deadline of your med school application. In fact, it is best to take the MCAT long before the deadline to ensure you have enough time to receive your scores and retake the MCAT if you are unhappy with them. 

Rescheduling the MCAT will not reflect poorly on your medical school application. Schools are not interested in when you took the MCAT; they are only interested in your score and how many times you took the test.

Reasons to Reschedule the MCAT

There are many reasons someone might want to reschedule their MCAT. Let’s go over a few of those reasons, and talk about what to do if you find yourself in the following situations.

1. You Need More Time to Study

If you don’t feel prepared for the MCAT and need more time to study, rescheduling may seem like a good idea. If this is the case, it is crucial to reschedule your MCAT with enough time to properly study. Your new MCAT test date should be at least a month away to give you plenty of time to review your study materials and take practice tests.

Note that while this is a common reason to reschedule the MCAT, it is not considered a special circumstance or emergency. You need to reschedule your MCAT before the bronze deadline in order to receive a partial refund for your testing fees.

2. You are Unwell

Everybody gets sick, so do not feel frustrated if this is the case. It is essential to protect yourself and others by not going to the test center if you feel sick, especially during the covid-19 pandemic. If you are feeling unwell, you can submit an emergency refund request on the AAMC website.

According to the AAMC, you are obligated to reschedule or cancel your test if:

You can also request MCAT accommodations if you are immunocompromised or have a disability that may impact your ability to take the MCAT. 

3. Emergency Circumstances

Aside from feeling ill, you may face other uncontrollable emergency circumstances that prevent you from following through with your scheduled MCAT test date. Examples of emergency circumstances could be a death in the family, a house fire, a flood, etc. 

If you have a sudden emergency circumstance that presents itself on or around your MCAT test date, you can submit an emergency refund request on the AAMC website or call 202-828-0600 to talk about the next steps.

Final Thoughts

Rescheduling the MCAT is not ideal, but sometimes it is inevitable. If you want to reschedule the MCAT to allow yourself more time to study before the test, you must do so before the bronze deadline. 

Typically it is not possible to reschedule or acquire a refund after the bronze deadline. However, if you have a pressing emergency circumstance, you may be able to request an emergency refund or contact the AAMC via phone to discuss how to move forward with taking your MCAT.

Good luck on your MCAT!

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