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New MCAT Test Dates for 2024 (Plus Score Release Dates)

Written by: Adaora Ezike, MPH
Reviewed by: Kristine Thorndyke

The MCAT test dates for 2024 are upon us. Start planning your study schedule now with these MCAT test dates and MCAT registration dates.

We share the most recent information released by the AAMC regarding MCAT registration, MCAT score release, and where you can take the MCAT internationally.

MCAT Test Dates 2024

Test Date60 Day Deadline30 Day Deadline10 Day DeadlineScore Release
January 12Nov. 13, 2023Dec. 13, 2023Jan. 2Feb. 13
January 13Nov. 14, 2023Dec. 14, 2023Jan. 3Feb. 13
January 18Nov. 19, 2023Dec. 19, 2023Jan. 8Feb. 20
January 26Nov. 27, 2023Dec. 27, 2023Jan. 16March 1
March 9Jan. 9Feb. 8Feb. 28April 9
March 22Jan. 22Feb. 21March 12April 23
April 12Feb. 12March 13April 2May 14
April 13Feb. 13March 14April 3May 14
April 26Feb. 26March 27April 16May 29
April 27Feb. 27March 28April 17May 29
May 4March 5April 4April 24June 4
May 10March 11April 10April 30June 11
May 11March 12April 11May 1June 11
May 16March 17April 16May 6June 18
May 24March 25April 24May 14June 25
June 1April 2May 2May 22July 2
June 14April 14May 15June 4July 16
June 15April 16May 16June 4July 16
June 22April 23May 23June 12July 23
June 27April 28May 28June 17July 30
July 13May 14June 13July 3Aug. 13
July 26May 27June 26July 16Aug. 27
August 2June 3July 3July 23Sept. 4
August 17June 18July 18Aug. 7Sept. 17
August 23June 24July 24Aug. 13Sept. 24
August 24June 25July 25Aug. 14Sept. 24
September 5July 7Aug. 6Aug. 26Oct. 8
September 6July 8Aug. 7Aug. 27Oct. 8
September 13July 15Aug. 14Sept. 3Oct. 15
September 14July 16Aug. 15Sept. 4Oct. 15

You can register online for the MCAT at this AAMC link. All exams listed below begin at 8AM unless otherwise specified and the MCAT score release is at 5PM on the scheduled date of release.

In the above table, notice the 60-day, 30-day, and 10-day deadline. These deadlines correlate to the costs of rescheduling or canceling your MCAT. With less than 10 days before your MCAT, you are not able to cancel your test and will be marked a no-show if you do not take it on test day. See more on rescheduling the MCAT.

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MCAT Registration

Registration Fees* (in USD) for 2024
Standard Registration: $335
Fee Assistance Program Registration: $140
*Examinees testing outside the United States, Canada, or U.S. territories will also be charged a $120 international fee in addition to the initial registration fee. International fees are nonrefundable upon registration cancellation.

MCAT Registration and Cancellation Deadlines in 2024

Note that no changes are allowed to be made with less than 10 days before the exam, even if there is an emergency. For the rescheduling fees, note that you will be charged each time you decide to make a change to your existing MCAT registration – so if you want to change the date and location, you will only be charged one fee if you do all of this in one fell swoop.

Standard Change Fees

Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee

Cancellation Refund

60 or more days before MCAT



30-59 days before MCAT



10-29 days before MCAT



Be aware that the deadline is calculated at 11:59PM of the location of the test site. So, if you are taking your MCAT in another time zone, you should be aware of this if you are putting off your cancelation or rescheduling to the last minute.

Fee Assistance Program Change Fees

Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee

Cancellation Refund

60 or more days before MCAT



30-59 days before MCAT



10-29 days before MCAT



How to Register for your MCAT Date

All MCAT registration takes place on AAMC’s website. Generally speaking, MCAT registration dates for the January-June MCAT test dates up in October and the MCAT registration dates for the rest of the summer test dates will open up in February.

Upon MCAT registration, you’ll need to select your date as well as location. Because each location and seat number varies, it’s recommended to register for the MCAT as early as possible before seats fill up and to avoid higher registration costs.

When to Take the MCAT

There are 30 MCAT test dates to choose from in 2024, but knowing which one to choose can be key in strategizing how to land your highest score.

The AAMC recommends that the average pre-med should study for the MCAT for anywhere between 300-350 hours. At a rate of 10-15 hours, this will usually take you between 3-5 months of prep. With this in mind, the minimum you should do to determine when to take the MCAT is consider a date that is going to give you between 3-5 months to devote these hours of MCAT prep to.

That said, we think there is a better strategy for choosing the best MCAT test date based on data on the highest scorers. 2/3 of the highest MCAT scores occur between August and September. This is likely because students have their summer to prep. If you anticipate having extra time to prep for the MCAT over the summer that you may not be able to get otherwise, then this is likely going to be the best time for your to take the MCAT.

We dive further into these questions in our post When Should I Take the MCAT?

MCAT International Fees

If you are planning on taking the MCAT internationally, you will be subjected to the above MCAT registration deadlines and costs as well as an additional $120 fee plus any additional taxes or VAT. This additional MCAT registration fee is not refundable in the case of cancellation.

MCAT International Testing Center Locations

You can register for a seat to take the test in any of the following international locations MCAT test dates by following the same process for registering on the AAMC website here.

Locations and seats are limited for international testing locations, so be sure to register early.

MCAT Test Dates FAQ

Is the MCAT hard to pass?

The MCAT is a very difficult test, especially compared to other graduate admissions tests. If you have already taken the college classes suggested before the MCAT, then you will need to focus your efforts on content review and practice. With an effective study plan, however, you can still do very well on the MCAT!

Is taking the MCAT in June too late?

June is not too late for the MCAT. In fact, 2/3 of the highest MCAT scorers take the MCAT between the months of August and September. Put simply, you should take the MCAT once you have completed your study plan and feel confident.

What is the best month to take the MCAT?

The best month to take the MCAT depends on your schedule and when you’ll be able to put in the MCAT prep specifically for the score you need. It’s suggested to choose the MCAT test date first then plan your study schedule around this deadline.

Is 500 hours enough for the MCAT?

The AAMC recommends 300-350 hours of prep for the average MCAT test taker. This means 500 hours of efficient MCAT prep should be enough. It’s suggested to take your MCAt diagnostic test before planning your MCAT study schedule, since this is the most important factor in how long you’ll need to prep for the score you’re trying to achieve.

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