What constitutes as proper identification?
There are three important things you need to know about identification:
1. The name on your identification (ID) must match exactly the name you entered in the registration system prior to the registration deadline. Please refer to our Registration Tips and the 2013 MCAT® Essentials for more information.
2. Your ID must include an expiration date, signature, and photograph. The ID must be current.
3. It must be a major form of ID, such as a driver's license or passport. If you do not have either of these types of identification, you most likely will be eligible for a state-issued ID card, usually obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles (even if you do not drive).
What can I bring into the test room?
You may only bring the following items into the testing room:
• Photo Identification
• Center-provided scratch paper and pencils
• Center-provided locker key
• Earplugs in an unopened container and presented to the test center administrator for inspection
What can I access during the scheduled breaks?
During your scheduled breaks, you may access only food, water, and medication. All break policies are outlined in the 2013 MCAT® Essentials and Testing Center Regulations and Procedures (www.aamc.org), which you are required to read. Please be especially mindful of the following policies while taking your breaks:
• Do NOT access your cell phone or any other electronic device. Better yet, leave these devices at home or in your car. Even holding or touching an electronic device is considered a violation of MCAT policies and will be treated as such.
• Do NOT access any notes or other study materials.
• Do NOT leave the testing center.
• If you need to access food, water, or medication, make sure to remove the item from any bag, purse, or backpack you may have brought to the testing center. The bag MUST remain in the provided locker at all times.
Am I allowed to use a calculator on test day?
No, calculators are not allowed. That is why it is important to learn shortcuts for solving chemistry and physics problems more efficiently.
When can I void my test score?
The AAMC offers you an option to void your MCAT® exam if you are uneasy with your performance and do not wish your test to be scored. This opportunity occurs at the end of your exam.
How soon after taking the test can I view my score?
Scores are available at the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. The THx system includes all scores from 1991 to the present. Your scores should be released 30-35 days after your test date.
How long are the scores valid?
Medical schools usually accept scores dating back two or three years. If you have taken the exam previously, we recommend that you check the application policies of each school to which you intend to apply.
What if I need to make changes to my test date?
Provided that space is available and you make the change prior to the posted regular registration deadline associated with your initial test date, you may change your test date and/or test center. Additional registration fees will apply. If you make a change in both test date and center simultaneously, a single charge of just $90 will be levied; however, if you make separate changes, you will be charged individually for each, resulting in a total charge of $180. You will be charged for a change regardless of how quickly it is requested after your initial registration. We regret that we cannot make exceptions to this rule.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
If you decide not to sit for the exam after you have registered for it, you will be eligible for a partial refund if you cancel your registration by the posted regular registration deadline. The maximum refund for the regular registration fee is $135; if you received fee assistance from the AAMC, your refund will be $100. Additional fees paid for late registration or other charges are not refundable.
Make your refund request by canceling your exam online at least 14 days before your test date. In most cases, the refund will be automatic and applied to your original form of payment; however, the funds may not appear on your account for a few days. Please note that the AAMC does not grant deadline extensions or have an appeal process. All cancellation request must be made online. Please cancel your registration online via the MCAT Scheduling and Registration System. You will receive an email confirming your cancellation. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of your cancellation request, please contact the MCAT Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.