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MCAT Test Dates 2018

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Schedule 2018

When should you take the MCAT exam?

In most cases, you should take the exam in the calendar year prior to the year in which you plan to enter medical school (so that, for example, if you are applying in 2019 for entrance to medical school in 2019, you should take the exam in 2018).

Selecting the best MCAT test date can often be a difficult decision and will probably depend upon whether you intend to take the test just once or possibly retake the test later in the same calendar year.

The MCAT will be offered 30 times during 2018 beginning in January. Each month offers it own particular advantages so we have produced the helpful table below that explains the benefits of selecting each MCAT test date for 2018.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Schedule 2018

2018 2018 Test Dates Advantages Of Each Test Date
JANUARY 2018

There are three available test dates in January 2018:

  • January 19
  • January 20
  • January 25

Starting from 2018 the AAMC will begin offering more test dates in January. These are the ideal option for students who wish to take the earliest available test date. Taking the test in January permits enough time to re-take if necessary and still make the early admissions deadlines.

January test dates are also ideal for out of school students who have completed their prerequisites and are taking an interim year before matriculating into medical school or for students who attend schools that give a long break between fall and spring semesters. January test takers should start preparing in September with the start of the fall semester.

MARCH/

APRIL

There are four available test dates in March/April 2018:

  • March 24
  • April 6
  • April 20
  • April 21

March/April test dates are an excellent option for students who wish to have their scores back from the AAMC before the start of the application cycle. This gives applicants a distinct advantage in rolling admissions since their applications will be complete and ready for review by early June when applications open up.

Preparation for the April tests can begin as early as September with the start of fall classes, or as late as January with the start of spring classes.

MAY

There are four available test dates in May 2018:

  • May 5
  • May 18
  • May 19
  • May 24

Students who have already completed their finals can then fully focus on taking the MCAT without any other academic distractions. In addition, students' scores will be ready by late June, just after the start of the application cycle.

May is also a good choice for students who wish to maintain the option to retest later in the summer before the close of the application cycle.

JUNE

There are five available test dates in June 2018:

  • June 1
  • June 2
  • June 16
  • June 29
  • June 30

Students wishing to take the test in June are advised to register well in advance. June is a very popular test date as it offers the unique convenience of allowing time for preparation over the summer as well as the ability to retest during the same application cycle.

Preparation for the June MCAT can begin as early as January with the start of spring classes, with lots of free time during the summer spent on practice.

JULY

There are four available test dates in July 2018:

  • July 7
  • July 20
  • July 21
  • July 24

July will be a popular choice for students wishing to take the early half of summer to prepare for the test. July will also be popular as students who've taken the exam earlier in the year look to re-take the exam.

Preparation for the July exam can begin as early as January with the beginning of the spring semester or during in March.

AUGUST

There are six available test dates in August 2018:

  • August 3
  • August 4
  • August 9
  • August 10
  • August 18
  • August 31

The August exam dates are ideal for students who need longer preparation time for the MCAT. These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the August dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.

SEPTEMBER

There are four available test dates in September 2018:

  • September 1
  • September 8
  • September 18
  • September 19

The September exam dates are ideal for students who need the longest preparation time for the MCAT. These testing options will also be very popular with retesting students who wish to take the test again before the first application deadlines in October.

Preparation for the September dates can begin as early as March for out of school students, or mid-May after finals.