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What are the dates of the 2006 MCAT?

The MCAT will be given on Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, August 14, 2004.

The regular registration deadlines for the April 17 MCAT and the August 14 MCAT are March 12 and July 9, respectively. The late registration deadlines are March 26 for the April administration and July 23 for the August administration

Can I get my MCAT rescored?

Yes. If you think a scoring error has occurred, you may request that your multiple-choice answer documents be rescored by hand. Answers recorded in the test book will not be considered in this verification process. At your option, you may be present during the rescoring, which is done at the MCAT Program Office in Iowa City, Iowa. The result of rescoring the multiple-choice answer sheets by hand will be reported to you in writing. The response letter will either confirm that your original scores were correct as reported or you will be informed of the corrected scaled scores for each test section.

Please note: Answer sheets or test booklets will not be examined for indications of misgridded answers. This is a determination we cannot make.

The fee to rescore the answer documents for the multiple-choice sections of the MCAT is $50. This fee applies whether you want one, two, or all three multiple-choice sections rescored.

You may also request that your essays be reevaluated. Essays will be read and graded by an experienced reader external to the original scoring process. Copies of essays will not be released or provided to examinees. The fee for rescoring your MCAT essays is $50.

If you wish to use this service, you must write to the MCAT Program Office, P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243, noting on the envelope "Attention: MCAT Rescoring Service." In your letter, identify yourself by your full name, Social Security number (SSN/SIN) or the ID number assigned to you by the Program Office, mailing address, and telephone number. Specify the date of the test and the sections of the test you wish rescored, either the three multiple-choice sections, the essay section, or both. Also, explain why you feel rescoring is necessary. Enclose a check, money order, or credit card information (MasterCard or VISA, 16-digit card number, expiration date, amount, and signature of card-holder) for the full fee: $50 to rescore the multiple-choice answer documents, $50 to reevaluate the essays, or $100 to rescore both the multiple-choice sections and the essays.

Requests for rescoring must be received at the MCAT Program Office within four months after the test date. The results of rescoring the multiple-choice answer documents will be reported to you about three weeks after we receive and begin processing your request. Due to the time involved in imaging the essays and the nature of the essay scoring process, essay rescoring will require additional time to accomplish. However, you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.

Please note: If rescoring results in scores that are higher or lower, revised score reports will be sent to you.

How do I request special testing accommodations?

The MCAT does provide accommodations for those who qualify under the American Disabilities Act. To apply for accommodations, please register online and then send in your documentation, as outlined in the MCAT Disabilities document, to the MCAT program office before the deadline.

I have taken the MCAT three times already. Do I need special permission to take the test again?

You must apply for special permission to take the MCAT if you have attended three or more MCAT administrations since 1977 (whether or not the test was completed and/or answer documents were voided). Individuals who sit for the MCAT should be preparing to apply to a health professions school.

Your request should include evidence of intent to apply to a health professions school (e.g., a completed application, letter of rejection, or letter from a medical school or advisor), which must accompany the registration materials. This documentation is required each time you wish to retest.

When will I receive my scores from the MCAT?

AAMC and the MCAT Program Office will use all available and reasonable means to mail scores by first-class mail to examinees approximately 60 days after each test date. Scores will be available in the Online Testing History system at that time.

I have already registered for the MCAT but will not be able to take it. Can I get a refund?

If you submit your registration to the MCAT Program Office and then, for whatever reason, do not attend the test, you are eligible for a partial refund of your registration fee.

The maximum refund for the regular registration fee is $100.00. Additional fees paid for a Sunday test center or for late registration are not refundable.

Refund requests must be postmarked no later than 60 days after the test date on your Admission Ticket. You should receive your refund within 90 days after the test date.

To obtain a refund, write "REFUND" across your unused Admission Ticket. If you paid your fees by credit card and wish to have the refund credited, please write the credit card number and expiration date on the Admission Ticket. Otherwise, the refund will be issued in the form of a check payable to you. Please also indicate a change of mailing address, if necessary. Mail your unused Admission Ticket to: Refund Request, MCAT Program Office, PO Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243-4056.

I have registered to take the MCAT, but I have not yet received my test center admission ticket. Whom should I call?

The MCAT Program Office will begin mailing admissions tickets approximately five weeks prior to the test date. If you do not receive your admission ticket within a reasonable amount of time, it is your responsibility to call the MCAT Program Office at (319) 337-1357. The MCAT Program Office will confirm whether your registration has been submitted.

How can I send my MCAT scores to other people, schools, or institutions?

From 1991 - 2004:

MCAT Testing History (THx) Report System

Before 1991:

For MCAT scores before 1991, please complete the MCAT Additional Score Report Form (PDF, 4 pages - 153KB)

I didn't release my MCAT scores to AMCAS at the time of the test. How can I release them now?

MCAT scores earned in 2003 and later will be automatically released to AMCAS. MCAT Scores earned prior to 2003 that were not released to AMCAS on the day of the test may be released at any time thereafter. You may release your scores via MCAT's online score release.

Where can I find information about MCAT policies, publications, and locations?

2004 MCAT Essentials

What is my MCAT Series Code?

The following are the MCAT series codes:

23 - April 2002
24 - August 2002
25 - April 2003
26 - August 2003
27 - April 2004
28 - August 2004

How can I change the address where my MCAT scores will be sent?

If you did not change your address on Answer Document 1 on the day of the test, please send your request in writing (we need a signature) to:

The MCAT Program Office
PO Box 4056
Iowa City, IA 52243-4056.

How is the MCAT scored?

MCAT scores are based on the four parts of the MCAT exam: Physical Sciences (PS), Verbal Reasoning (VR), Biological Sciences (BS), and the Writing Sample (WS).

For PS, there are 77 questions, with a scoring range of 1 to 15.
For VR, there are 60 questions, with a scoring range of 1 to 15.

For BS, there are 77 questions, with a scoring range of 1 to 15.
For WS, there are 2 questions, with a scoring range of J to T.

How long are MCAT scores valid?

In general, MCAT scores are valid for 3 years. However, this time frame varies from school to school. So you may wish to contact the school(s) of your choice to find out their policies concerning MCAT scores.

Are timers allowed for the MCAT?

Due to advancing technology and the wide spread availability of digital image capturing equipment, no timers are allowed for the MCAT, except wristwatches (and we prefer analog watches).

How does the MCAT get test questions?

A large pool of content experts writes the items. New items are included in each administration of the MCAT as "field test" questions. Field test questions are not scored, but they are assessed for their performance and, if they are approved, are used on a future MCAT.

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