MCAT Test Dates & Score Release 2021 - 2022

You can register for the MCAT online via the Association of American Medical Colleges. The exam will be administered on 30 test dates in 2022. The standard start time is 8:00 a.m. each day unless otherwise noted below. There are three test dates in August/September with AM/PM testing, for which we have an asterisk under the test dates. Scores are released by 5:00 p.m.ET on the scheduled score release date. 

Be sure to register early so you can select your first-choice location, date, and time.

Registration for January - June 2022 MCAT test dates will open on October 13th and 14th. Registration for July - September 2022 MCAT test dates will open in February 2022.

2022 MCAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates

For MCAT registration, scheduling, or test location questions, contact the MCAT Program Office at:

Phone: 202-828-0690

2022 MCAT Test Date

Score Release Date

Friday, January 14, 2022

Tuesday. February 15, 2022

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Friday, March 25, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Friday, May 27, 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Monday, June 30, 2022

Monday, August 1

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Friday, July 29, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Friday, August 5, 2022

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Friday, August 26*, 2022

Saturday, September 27, 2022

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Friday, September 2*, 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Friday, September 9*, 2022

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

* There will be two testing sessions offered on August 26, September 2, and September 9. Exam start times will be at 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.


When possible, we encourage you to reschedule or cancel an exam as soon as you know you do not want to test. Rescheduling and cancellation fees will resume for the 2022 testing year. Please review the rescheduling and cancellation fee deadlines before scheduling your exam. Since re-opening, additional safety precautions are being taken to ensure students' safety.

A Note on Early MCAT Registration—and What You Need to Do to Register

With so many MCAT test dates coming up, you may be tempted to put MCAT registration on the back burner, but don’t fall into that trap. Lots of longer-term decisions—like when to schedule your test prep—depend on your MCAT test date. So taking the time now to determine your test date and register for the MCAT can put you ahead of the game and help you develop a strong study plan.

In addition to exact instructions on how to register for the MCAT, the AAMC also offers some tips to help you make sure MCAT registration goes off without a hitch:

  • Know when registration opens for your desired test dates.
  • Determine your top three testing locations in advance.
  • Have your government-issued ID available at the time of MCAT registration, make sure it is valid, and use the same one as your ID on MCAT Test Day.

When to take the MCAT

Selecting the best date to take the MCAT is an important decision. You will want to make sure you give yourself adequate time to prepare for the exam, yet select a date that gives you the best advantage in the admissions cycle. Ideally, you will want to budget between 300 and 350 hours in total for your MCAT preparation, this includes your content review, lots of question practice, and of course time to take and review full-length exams. Depending on how much time you have to study each week, this will mean spending 3 to 5 months studying for the MCAT. If your class load or workload allows, testing in January is a good option, as you can complete the MCAT, and then shift focus to the other aspects of the medical school admissions application. But this will mean starting your preparation in the fall, and studying through the winter holidays.

If you want to spread your preparation out, then the spring test dates of March, April, and May are a good choice. These test dates still allow you to have your MCAT complete before submitting your primary application in June. However, it is perfectly acceptable to test in June and throughout the summer. Just remember, you will be balancing not only your MCAT preparation, but also your applications, so you will want to budget adequate time to do so. The most important thing to consider is that you want to take the MCAT when you will be the most prepared, do not rush into a test date just to get the test out of the way. Build a solid plan, and stick to it. Kaplan can help you map out your schedule for studying for the MCAT. 

How to register for the MCAT

Registration for the MCAT is available through Registration for the January through June test dates usually opens in October, with the summer test dates opening in February. Seats fill up quickly for the MCAT, so register early. But be sure to map out your study plan well in advance, so you can be ready for test day. When you register, you will not only need to select your date, but also the testing location. In some areas, these seats are limited, so early registration is very important. Also, the later you register, the higher the fees, as the AAMC has a tiered registration fee schedule that is dependent on how far out from the test date you are registering for.

Can you change your MCAT test date?

While the AAMC does allow you to change your test date, you will have to pay a rescheduling fee. But plans sometimes have to change, and you do have the option to switch to a new test date. The AAMC site has very specific instructions on how to go about changing your test date. From a preparation perspective, it’s a good idea to have a test date in mind, and to work towards that goal. Building a solid MCAT study plan is the first step in selecting the best test date for yourself, so you can avoid having to change your test date.

MCAT Test Change, Reschedule & Cancellation Fees

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there will be 30 MCAT test dates in 2022. It’s important to know the 2022 MCAT test dates and score release dates so you can meet medical school admission deadlines. It is possible to cancel or reschedule your MCAT test date once you register; however, you want to make any test date changes as soon as possible to be eligible for cancellation refunds and to pay lower reschedule fees. The table below outlines the MCAT test change, reschedule, and cancellation fees so you know what to expect.

MCAT Standard Test Change Fees

MCAT Reschedule Fees

MCAT Cancellation Refund (USD)

60+ days before MCAT



30-59 days before MCAT



10-29 days before MCAT



MCAT Fee Assistance Program Change Fees

MCAT Reschedule Fees

Cancellation Refund (USD)

60+ days before MCAT



30-59 days before MCAT



10-29 days before MCAT



When to start preparing for the MCAT

Preparing for the MCAT can take anywhere from 3 to 5 months (though you could do it in a shorter amount of time if you study every day). Generally speaking you will want to make sure you have completed your prerequisite coursework:

  • 1 year of General Chemistry
  • 1 year of Organic Chemistry (everyone’s favorite:))
  • 1 year of Physics
  • 1 year of General Biology
  • A semester of upper division Biochemistry
  • Coursework in Psychology and Sociology

And while we recommend between 300 and 350 hours of MCAT preparation, in many ways, you started preparing for the MCAT as soon as you began your premedical coursework. Some students like to get a jump start (and work at a more manageable pace) in reviewing the content that is tested on the exam, but you also don’t want to start too early to avoid burnout. If you are planning to begin medical school immediately following completion of your undergraduate degree, then you will need to start studying for the MCAT in your junior year, because you will be taking the MCAT by the end of spring in your junior year and starting the application process over the summer before your senior year. Of course, everyone has different timelines, but your MCAT preparation should begin approximately 18 months before the date you plan on beginning medical school. 

How to prepare for the MCAT

Kaplan has a wide range of options for MCAT preparation from books that will review all of the content, to study packs for getting practice with questions and full-length exams, to our comprehensive course and tutoring options. But keep in mind that the MCAT rewards you for knowing content and being able to apply it to the passages and questions it presents. Therefore, it is imperative to get a solid review of the tested content, but also to follow that up with acquiring the critical reasoning skills and practice of the application of that content, and the ability to execute and demonstrate that mastery in the timed and marathon conditions of the MCAT.


The 2022 MCAT is a six-hour and 15-minute computer-based, standardized exam featuring 230 questions broken up into four sections:

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

The new MCAT requires more stamina and focus than its predecessor and is designed to measure whether or not test takers possess the skills necessary to succeed in medical school. It is likely the longest and most difficult test you’ll ever take. Including breaks and optional sections, the MCAT’s total seated time is approximately seven and a half hours. Below, we offer an example of a typical MCAT schedule so you can prepare for the exam.

MCAT Test Section

Time Allotted

Number of Questions

Complete your agreement

8 minutes

Optional MCAT tutorial

10 minutes

Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

95 minutes


Optional break

10 minutes

Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills (CARS)

90 minutes


Optional mid-exam break

30 minutes

Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

95 minutes


Optional break

10 minutes

Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior

95 minutes


Void question

5 minutes

Optional satisfaction survey

5 minutes

Total (not including breaks)

6 hours, 15 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions About MCAT Test Dates

Yes, you can cancel your MCAT test date. If you cancel 30 or more days before your scheduled MCAT, you will receive a cancellation refund of $160 (USD). If you cancel less than 30 days before the exam, you will not receive a cancellation refund.

Yes, you can change your MCAT test date. However, you will have to pay a date and/or test center reschedule fee (see the table below). Be sure to reschedule your MCAT test date at least ten days before your scheduled exam. No changes are allowed less than ten days before the exam.

Experts recommend that you take the MCAT as early in the year as possible to give yourself time to retake the exam if you are unsatisfied with your scores. Also, consider that you’ll need 3-to-5 months to study and that your MCAT scores need to be ready by the time medical school applications open in June. Click here to see all upcoming MCAT test dates and learn more about when you should take the MCAT.

Yes, there are fees associated with registering for the MCAT. There is a standard registration fee of $325 (USD) for the MCAT. If you are using the Fee Assistance Program to register for the MCAT, the fee is $130 (USD). Please note, if you are an examinee testing outside the US, Canada, or US Territories, you will be charged a $120 (USD) international fee in addition to the registration fee. 


2021 MCAT Test Date

Score Release Date

Friday, June 4, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Friday, June 18, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Friday, August 27, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Friday, September 10, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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