When to Take the MCAT (2)
So, should I take it now or later?
There are now 22 different days when you can take the test. Sessions are offered in the morning and afternoon, on weekdays and on Saturdays – so you can take it whenever you are ready. If you’re prepared and want to get it out of the way, take it as soon as you can. The test is virtually the same, so you should be studying the same amount. Made a date but not ready? You can change it: www.aamc.org/students/mcat/registration.htm.
Have the questions or content changed at all?
There are one-third fewer questions (146 to be exact) and the content will not be changed, so you should be studying the exact same topics as before.
I want to take a practice test on the computer.
Well, they’ve got one: www.e-mcat.com.
Can I make notes?
Actually, yes. You can make notes on the computer. You can edit until the allotted time for each section is up. And scratch paper is provided, just in case. But beware: there isn’t spell-check (at least not yet).
When will I know my score?
The new MCAT gets your scores out to you much earlier. It should only take 30 days – and there’s talk of getting it down to 14.
What if I don’t pass the first time?
Just in case you don’t make it, try, try again. You can take the test a maximum of three times per year—unless you get special permission. There is no wait time, but make sure you only register for one test at a time.
What do I bring? How early do I have to be? What if I bring a jacket? Where can I put my stuff?
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in. You will be asked to provide your SSN, phone number, e-mail address, and payment info. Bring a government-issued ID (your driver’s license or passport are good choices, but make sure they haven’t expired). You can only bring you, your clothes, and a watch. The test-sites are climate-controlled, and you’re allowed to bring a jacket, but you must wear it throughout the entire test. If you have other personal items, locks and lockers will be provided. And turn off your electronic devices, even when they’re in the lockers.
I’ve got more questions!
The AAMC has a FAQ sheet too! http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/cbtfaqs.pdf
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