Category Archives: MCAT

How to Train for a Marathon—or the MCAT Exam

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD, assistant dean for admissions, recruitment, and student life, and assistant professor of medical education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, likens preparing for the MCAT exam to training for a marathon. Just like a marathon takes training and preparation, you won’t be able to wake up one day and take the MCAT exam. Dr. Nakae highlights four principles to help you tackle the MCAT exam.

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January-June MCAT Test Dates Now Open for Registration

Registration for the January to June MCAT Dates Now Open.

 Please be advised that registration for the MCAT exam is now open.  Students can select a date and location for January-June 2018 exam dates. Test dates in July-September will open in February 2018.   Please go to

Remember that the MCAT will now be administered through Pearson VUE and is no longer offered through Prometric Testing Centers.

2018 MCAT Registration

Attention: 2018 MCAT registration will open on October 18, 2017 for January-June test dates. July-September test dates will open in February 2018.

New this year: Start your registration early! Any time between 10:00 AM ET on October 12 and 5:00 PM ET on October 17, you will be able to fill out the necessary background and biographical information, as well as complete the necessary consent forms in the MCAT Registration System. You will not be able to select your date and location at this time.

Starting the registration process early will allow you more time to enter your personal information and read the important MCAT policies and forms carefully before you begin searching for a test date and location on October 18. Completing your personal information and consent forms in advance does not give you priority in selecting your test date and location.

Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter and the MCAT registration website for further announcements.

How I Studied for the MCAT Exam – Student Testimonials

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is excited to announce a new resource now available to students to help them as they prepare for the MCAT exam. “How I Studied for the MCAT Exam” includes profiles for 17 students who self-identified as having performed well on the exam. The profiles include insight on how the students performed, their overall study approach, tips, any challenges they faced and overcame, and “do’s and don’ts” for students to be aware of as they prepare. They can be found at:


Apply to AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program

Apply to AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program

To help those who would be unable to apply to medical school without financial assistance, the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) covers some of the costs associated with the application process.

There are many costs associated with applying to medical school. These costs can add up, and they may even discourage some students from applying.

The AAMC believes that the cost of medical school should not be a barrier to those who aspire to become a physician. One resource to help offset some of the costs of applying to medical school is the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP). This program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT exam or apply to medical school with the AMCAS application. There isn’t a limit to the number of awards the AAMC provides and you can apply to the program up to five times.

If you are eligible and approved, the Fee Assistance Program award includes a number of benefits. To give you an idea, benefits awarded in 2016 include:

MCAT Registration and Test Preparation Benefits:

  • Discounted registration fee of $120 (usually $310) for the MCAT exam.
  • Free MCAT preparation materials (about $160 value). Please keep in mind, you only receive MCAT preparation materials one time, regardless of how many times you receive fee assistance.
  • Up to $500 toward an updated psycho-educational or medical evaluation if it’s required to support your MCAT testing accommodations application.

AMCAS Benefits:

  • Waiver for AMCAS fees for one application submission with up to 15 medical school designations (currently a $692 value).

Medical School Admission Requirements Benefits:

The 2017 Fee Assistance Program application cycle will open on Wednesday, January 4. If you are eligible for this award, we encourage you to apply before you register for your MCAT exam date or submit your AMCAS application. Benefits are not retroactive.

Fee Assistance Program benefits can be used for up to two calendar years, and will expire on December 31 the year after they are awarded, regardless of when in the year you apply for, and receive, the award. For example, if your application is approved January 1-December 31, 2017, your benefits will expire on December 31, 2018.

For more information about the AAMC Fee Assistance Program eligibility and application requirements, please visit Also, follow @AAMCPreMed on Twitter and like our page on Facebook for updates, quick tips, and questions.