MCAT Exam 2023: Exam (Mar 11 -24), Result (Apr 11)

Exam Date 13 Jan '23-27 Jan '23
Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Dec 7, 2023

MCAT 2023 Exam is to be conducted on Mar 11, 2023, and Mar 2,4 2023, respectively. MCAT 2023 results for the Mar session will release on Apr 11, 2023, and Apr 25, 2023.

The MCAT exam 2023 dates are released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Candidates aspiring to pursue Medical education from colleges outside India can apply for MCAT 2023. The Medical College Admission Test is for Medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands. The MCAT is conducted 30 times a year in 21 different countries to open their application for the candidates who qualify for the eligibility criteria. Learn More about MCAT 2023 below.

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MCAT 2023 Exam Dates

Applicants can refer to the below table, to know about MCAT 2023 Important Dates.

Events Dates
MCAT 2023 Application Start Date Oct 25, 2022
MCAT 2023 Application End Date Feb 22, 2023
Slot Booking Start Date Oct 2022
MCAT 2023 Exam Mar 11 and 24, 2023
MCAT 2023 Result Declaration Apr 11 and 25, 2023

MCAT Session-wise Exam Dates 2023

Exams for the MCAT are scheduled for specific dates and hours. Scores are typically made public by 5 pm each day, with an usual start time of 8 am.

MCAT Dates 2023 for all Events
MCAT 2023 Exam Date MCAT 2023 Result Date MCAT 2023 Registration Date

Mar 11, 2023

Apr 11, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Mar 24, 2023

Apr 25, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Apr 14, 2023

May 16, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Apr 15, 2023

May 16, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Apr 28, 2023

May 31, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Apr 29, 2023

May 31, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

May 12, 2023

Jun 13, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

May 13, 2023

Jun 13, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

May 18, 2023

Jun 21, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

May 26, 2023

Jun 27, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 3, 2023

Jul 6, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 16, 2023

Jul 18, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 17, 2023

Jul 18, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 23, 2023

Jul 25, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 24, 2023

Jul 25, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jun 29, 2023

Jul 31, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jul 15, 2023

Aug 15, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Jul 28, 2023

Aug 29, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Aug 4, 2023

Sep 6, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Aug 19, 2023

Sep 19, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Aug 25, 2023

Sep 26, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Aug 26, 2023

Sep 26, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Aug 31, 2023

Oct. 3, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Sep 1, 2023

Oct 3, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Sep 8, 2023

Oct 13, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Sep 9, 2023

Oct 13, 2023

Feb 22, 2023

Jan 13, 2023

Feb 14, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jan 14, 2023

Feb 14, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jan 19, 2023

Feb 21, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

Jan 27, 2023

Mar 3, 2023

Oct 25 and 26, 2022

About MCAT Exam

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an entrance test for admissions into Medical schools in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean Islands countries. This is an international-level exam and it is administered by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). The MCAT exam is conducted 25 times a year in 21 countries. Candidates can take this exam 3 times over the one-year period, and 4 times spread over the 2-year period. The candidate can take the exam 7 times in their lifetime.

Apart from testing the knowledge of scientific fundamentals necessary for completing Medical school, the MCAT also focuses on written analysis and problem-solving skills. The average score for the MCAT exam is usually around 500, and for each section, it is around 125. The registration fees for the MCAT exam differ according to the region a candidate is in. It can be anywhere between USD 300 to USD 400.

The MCAT exam is excruciatingly long with a length of almost 7.5 hours and candidates are advised to prepare really well since the MCAT has only a limited number of attempts. The candidates should prepare well before the MCAT so as to avoid the possibility of re-take. To prepare candidates must go through mock tests and develop a sitting habit. 

MCAT 2023 Exam Highlights
Exam Name MCAT 
Full Form Medical College Admission Test
Exam Level International
Conducting Body Association of American Medical College (AMMC)
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Computer-Based Test
Exam Duration 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Official Website www.aamc.org
Helpdesk 202-828-0600

MCAT 2023 Eligibility

It is important for applicants to go through the eligibility criteria defined by the organizing authorities before attempting the MCAT 2023. Any candidates interested in pursuing a career in Allopathic, Osteopathic, Podiatric, and veterinary can appear for the MCAT test.

The eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by the applicants for the exam are mentioned below.

  • Candidates from the U.S. and Canada must have a UG degree to be eligible for the exam.
  • International candidates must be pursuing or have completed MBBS to appear for MCAT.
  • Students taking the MCAT for purposes other than pursuing a career in Medicine are required to get special permission from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

MCAT 2023 Registration

Candidates applying for Medical school in the United States and Canada must register for MCAT. The steps for filling out the application form are mentioned below.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of the MCAT exam body.
  • Step 2: Create an AAMC account by providing the information asked.
  • Step 3: A verification email will be sent to the registered email ID.
  • Step 4: Click on the link provided in the verification email and sign in.
  • Step 5: Click on the 'Start Exam Registration' link to make an appointment. 
  • Step 6: Provide the information asked such as personal information, biographic information, and academic background.
  • Step 7: Read and mark the 'Agree' checkbox on the terms & conditions.
  • Step 8: Select the exam schedule and test center.
  • Step 9: Pay the application fee using Visa or Mastercard (credit card).
  • Step 10: A confirmation mail for the appointment will be sent to the registered email ID.

MCAT 2023 Fee Structure and Scheduling Zone

The MCAT exam fee varies depending upon the region of application. The registration deadlines are divided into three zones - Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Below are the details given about these three zones.

Gold Zone

The details regarding the Gold zone of the registration deadlines are listed below.

  • The flexibility of exam date and location.
  • Reschedule the exam at the lowest cost.
  • Can get a partial refund on cancelling the reservation.
  • Low rescheduling and cancelling fee for the 'Fee Assistance Programs' receipts.

Silver Zone

The details of the Silver zone registration deadlines are mentioned below.

  • No increase in the registration fee.
  • Can reschedule exam on the given fee.
  • Can cancel the reservation but no refund will be given.

Bronze Zone

The candidate can cancel the reservation but no refund will be given.

MCAT Fee Structure and Scheduling Zone
Particulars Gold Zone 
Deadline: 29 Days Before the Exam
Silver Zone
Deadline:15 Days Before the Exam
Bronze Zone
Deadline: 8 Days Before the Exam
Initial Registration USD 315 USD 315 USD 370
Exam Date and/ or Test Centre Reschedule Fee (Non-refundable) USD 90 USD 150 N/A
Cancellation Refund USD 115 N/A N/A
International Fee (Non-refundable) USD 105 USD 105 USD 105

Changing the Appointment (MCAT Exam Day)

In order to change the appointment for MCAT exam, the candidate must remember the following points.

  • An additional fee is required for this service.
  • One may change the test date and/ or centre before the deadline and if the space is available.
  • The availability for the same can be checked on the 'MCAT Registration system.
  • Re-scheduling can be done latest by the deadline of the silver zone.
  • Post the silver zone deadline, one must make an appointment if one re-schedules the exam.
  • The MCAT is an expensive exam, candidates are requested to leave with no chance of error.

MCAT 2023 Test Structure

MCAT assesses students based on their problem-solving skills, critical thinking, written analysis, and knowledge of scientific concepts and principles. The computer-based test consists of 221 multiple-choice questions. The total duration of the exam is 7.5 hours with breaks in between.

There are 4 sections - Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior. 

Important Notes

The students who are appearing for the MCAT 2023 must keep the following important points in mind.

  • A calculator is not provided during the MCAT test. Only a periodic table is provided. 
  • The 15 questions out of 59 questions from Chemistry, Biology, and Physics section are standalone and have no relevance from the passage given in the question paper. The rest of the 44 questions from the Chemistry/ Physics section come from passages given in the exam, please note that in order to solve them a candidate must have outside knowledge as well, just the information in the passage will not be enough.

MCAT test structure is mentioned below.

MCAT 2023 Test Structure
Section Number of Questions Type of Question Duration
Examinee Agreement  - - 8 Minutes
Tutorial (Optional) - - 10 Minutes
Chemical and Physical Foundation of Biological System 50 10 Passage-based Questions (4-6 Questions per Set) 15 Independent Questions 95 Minutes
Break (Optional) - - 10 Minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills  53 9 Passages (5-7 Questions per Passage) 90 Minutes
Mid-Exam Break (Optional) - - 30 Minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of a Living System 59 10 Passage-based Set of Questions (4-6 Questions per Set) 15 Independent Questions  95 Minutes
Break (Optional) - - 10 Minutes
psychological, Social and Biological Foundations Behavior  - 10 Passage-based Set of Questions -(4-6 Questions per Set) 15 Independent Questions 95 Minutes
Void Question - - 5 Minutes
Satisfaction Survey (Optional) - - 5 Minutes
Total Content Time - - 6 Hours 15 Minutes

MCAT 2023 Scores

MCAT score lies in a range of 472-528. The sectional range is between 118-132. There is a penalty for an incorrect answer. Raw marks scored by students are covered in the score range.

MCAT 2023 Score
Section Score
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 118-132
Midpoint: 125
Chemical and Physical Foundations Biological Systems  118-132
Midpoint: 125
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills  118-132
Midpoint: 125
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour 118-132
Midpoint: 125
Total 472-528
Midpoint: 200

What is a Good MCAT 2023 Score?

There are three categories for the MCAT score ranges. These categories are top, competitive, and less competitive scores. The scoring ranges for these categories are given below.

Top Score

The percentile range for this score category is 90. The score range for each MCAT section has been tabulated below.

MCAT Top Score
MCAT Section Top Score
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 129-132
Chemical and Physical Foundations Biological Systems  129-132
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills  129-132
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour 129-132
Total 514-528

Competitive Score

The percentage for this range of score is 75. The score range of the competitive scores for each section of MCAT 2023 is given below.

MCAT Competitive Score
MCAT Section Competitive Score
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 127-128
Chemical and Physical Foundations Biological Systems  127-128
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills  127-128
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour 127-128
Total 508-513

MCAT Less Competitive Score

The scores mentioned in the table below belong to the 50 percentile range.

MCAT Good Score
MCAT Section Competitive Score
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 125-126
Chemical and Physical Foundations Biological Systems  125-126
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills  125-126
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour 125-126
Total 500-507

 

Details on MCAT 2023 Score Report

The MCAT score is reported no later than 5 PM on the day of score release. One can check the result on the 'MCAT Score Reporting System' by logging into the AAMC account. MCAT score report has the following information.

  • Name of the Candidate 
  • AAMC ID
  • Date of Birth of the Candidate 
  • Exam Score
  • Sectional Score
  • Total Score
  • Sectional Percentile Rank
  • Overall Percentile Rank
  • Score Profile

MCAT Score v/s Percentile Rank

MCAT score report consists of a sectional score and overall percentile rank acquired by a candidate. The comparison between the MCAT score and a percentile is as follows.

MCAT Overall Score/ Percentile Score
Total Score Percentile Score  Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank
528 100 510 84 498 45 486 12
527-523 >99 509 82 497 42 485 10
522-521 99 508 79 496 39 484 8
520-519 98 507 76 495 35 483 7
518 97 506 73 494 32 482 5
517 96 505 70 493 29 481 4
516 95 504 67 492 26 480 3
515 94 503 63 491 23 479 2
514 92 502 60 490 20 478 2
513 90 501 56 489 18 477 1
512 88 500 53 488 16 476 1
511 86 499 49 487 13 475-472 <1

MCAT Sectional Score v/s Percentile Rank

The differences between the sectional score and percentile score are given below.

MCAT Sectional Score v/s Percentile Score
Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank
132 100 124 45
131 99 123 33
130 97 122 22
129 93 121 13
128 87 120 7
127 79 119 3
126 68 118 1
125 57 - -

Revaluation of Exam

In case the candidate finds any discrepancy in the MCAT score, they can notify the 'MCAT Registration System' for the fault. AAMC will reply within 3 weeks with a positive or negative response.

Candidates can put up after 30 days of score release.

How to Void MCAT Score?

Candidates have the option to void the MCAT score.

Candidates are asked to accept or void the score, after the completion of the MCAT exam. To void the score, the candidate must choose the 'Void the MCAT' option.

In case a candidate has to leave the exam mid-way due to sickness or any other unfortunate situation, they must submit the 'Test Center Concern' to AAMC.

Note: An exam that is voided will add to the number of attempts.

MCAT 2023 Syllabus

MCAT requires diverse knowledge in major areas of Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Besides these, critical reasoning and analytical skills are also assessed in the test.

Given below are the important topics that are primarily tested in the MCAT exam.

MCAT 2023 Syllabus
Sections MCAT Important Topics
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Ethics
Philosophy
Population Health
Social Science
Humanities Disciplines and Studies of Diverse Culture 
Biological and Biochemical of Foundations of Living System Chemistry: Organic and Inorganic
Biology: Cellular and Molecular, Biochemistry (Introductory Topics)
Natural Science: Research, Reasoning, and Statistics Basic Biochemistry Concepts, Statistics Concepts, and Introductory Research Methods
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour Social and Behavioural Sciences: Scientific Inquiry, Reasoning Research 
Concepts Psychological
Sociology and Biology About the Behavioural and Socio-Cultural Health Determinants
Mental Process and Behaviour
Concepts of Psychology and Sociology
Introductory Statistics Concepts and Research Method of Introductory Science
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biology Systems  Introductory Biochemistry and Biology Concepts 
Chemistry: Organic and Inorganic
Concepts of Physics 
Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning
Research Method and Natural Science 
Introductory Molecular Biology
Introductory, and Statistics Concepts

MCAT 2023 Preparation Tips

Most students think that the MCAT exam is very difficult, but with proper knowledge about the basics, students can easily score high in the exam. Before beginning the preparations it is very important to scan the syllabus and to know the topics involved. This will give the applicants a clear picture of the level of difficulty of the exam. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) provides plenty of preparation materials to help candidates prepare well for the MCAT. Candidates can subscribe to MCAT sample papers and mock tests on the AAMC website. Video lectures are also available on the AAMC website. Reference books for MCAT preparations are given below.

MCAT Reference Books
Book Title Author/ Publisher
Barron's New MCAT Barrons's
Princeton Review MCAT Subject Review  The Princeton Review
MCAT Practical Test  Sterling Test Prep
MCAT Secret Study Guide MCAT Exam Secret Test Prep Team
MCAT Complete 7- Books Subject Review 2018-2023 Kaplan's

MCAT 2023 Counselling

A very large number of Medical colleges consider MCAT scores for admissions. To know about the list of international and national colleges, check the official website. To know about any individual college, click on the college tab on the dashboard above.

Start by shortlisting the colleges then make a date sheet with their last date of application submission. Note that every college has a fee for application processing, so the applicants are advised not to waste their resources on the colleges that they are not interested in.

Send the application with the attached files to the application portal college. The college will do its own scrutiny, and reply back to the applicant within some time for a possible interview with alumni or faculty members. Then, the college will share with the candidates their Acceptance Letter via post or email.

Documents Required for MCAT 2023 Counselling

The MCAT counseling is done at the college level. The students must apply for their desired college separately. The process will require a number of documents such as the following.

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • IELTS/ TOEFL Score Card (For International Colleges)
  • High School Marksheets.

MCAT 2023 Exam Day Instructions

There are certain instructions to be followed by the candidates on their MCAT exam day. These instructions are as follows.

  • Candidates must report to the test centre 30 minutes prior to the MCAT examinations. After that, the candidate will not be allowed to the test centre and no refund will be given.
  • Only those examinees who have the qualifying ID will be allowed to enter the MCAT test centre.
  • MCAT candidates must present a valid ID at the test centre.
  • Temporary IDs, paper IDs, IDs with extension stickers, or ID application receipts are accepted.
  • The first and last name on the ID must be exactly the same as on the MCAT registration. Any discrepancy related to this issue can be resolved through AAMC services.
  • They are provided with 10 minutes and 30 minutes break, but the candidate cannot leave the MCAT exam centre at any cost.

Document Specifications for MCAT 2023 Exam

Mentioned below are some valid ID specifications appreciated by the examination authorities.

  • The ID should be in English.
  • The ID should not have a past expiration date. 
  • The ID must be issued by the government.
  • The ID must have the photo of the candidate.
  • The ID should include the signature of the candidate.
  • The ID should not have been tampered with or damaged in any way.

MCAT 2023 Cancellation and Refunds

Candidates can get the refund only and only if they apply for cancellation of their MCAT exam date within the deadline of the Gold zone.

There is a provision for emergency refunds, it can only be made within the deadline of the Silver zone. The conditions given below are considered in an emergency situation.

  • The candidate is hospitalized.
  • An unexpected duty call to serve in health care due to a public catastrophe or disaster.
  • If a candidate has to go for 'Jury Duty'.
  • Death of an immediate family member.
  • An unexpected duty call to serve in the military.
  • The candidate is displaced due to a natural calamity.

FAQs

When should I take the MCAT 2023 Exam?

Candidates should first check the application deadlines of the medical schools they are intending to apply to by going to their respective websites. Then candidates should plan accordingly and register for the MCAT Exam. It is best to start preparing at least a year before the MCAT 2023 Exam.

What is the frequency of the MCAT 2023 Exam?

The MCAT 2023 Exam is announced to be conducted around 30 times in 2023 by AAMC. Candidates should go to the official website and check the details for the same.

Is there a limit to how many times I can take the MCAT 2023 Exam?

Candidates are allowed to take the MCAT 2023 Exam up to only 7 times in their lifetime.

What is the duration of the MCAT 2023 Exam?

The MCAT 2023 Exam is 7.5 hours long. This includes test-taking time and breaks along with one lunch break. This is time is only test time and not inclusive of the check-in time for the MCAT 2023 Exam. It is very important that candidates arrive on time for the MCAT 2023 Exam.

If I cancel taking the exam, does it count as an attempt?

No. If you cancel before the given deadline, it will not be considered as an attempt. In such situations, candidates should be well aware of the deadlines.

When should I take MCAT exam for Fall 2023?

The MCAT Exam must be taken for the last time between January and April of the year if the candidate plans to apply to schools. You must note that the MCAT is not conducted between October and December nor in the month of February.

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