Resources › For Students and Parents 2020 MCAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates Share Flipboard Email Print Getty Images | StA-gur Karlsson For Students and Parents Graduate School Medical School Admissions Choosing a Graduate Program Tips & Advice Admissions Essays Recommendation Letters Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Kelly Roell Kelly Roell is the author of "Ace the ACT. " She has a master's degree in secondary English education and has worked as a high school English teacher. Updated October 14, 2019 If you are planning to take the MCAT, it’s important to plan ahead. The MCAT is offered 30 times per year, with test dates ranging from January through September. For tests between January and June, registration opens in October the year prior to the exam date. For tests between July and September, registration opens in February the year of the exam date. To register for the MCAT, you must first create an AAMC account. Note that test dates fill up quickly, so it’s essential to register for your desired date as soon as possible. Early registration also offers greater flexibility and lower fees. The AAMC offers three scheduling zones for each test date: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Gold Zone has the lowest fees and highest flexibility; the Bronze Zone has the highest fees and lowest flexibility. 2020 MCAT Test Dates When choosing your test date and location, keep in mind that the exam begins at 8:00 AM local time at each testing center. Test Date Score Release Date January 17 February 18 January 18 February 18 January 23 February 25 March 14 April 14 March 27 May 1 April 4 May 5 April 24 May 27 April 25 May 27 May 9 June 9 May 15 June 16 May 16 June 16 May 21 June 23 May 29 June 30 June 5 July 7 June 19 July 21 June 20 July 21 June 27 July 28 July 7 August 6 July 18 August 18 July 23 August 25 July 31 September 1 August 1 September 1 August 7 September 9 August 8 September 9 August 14 September 15 August 29 September 29 September 3 October 6 September 4 October 6 September 11 October 13 September 12 October 13 When to Take the MCAT One of the most important factors in choosing an MCAT test date is your personal study schedule. Before selecting a date, think long and hard about how much time you need to adequately prepare for the exam (typically between three and six months). In particular, if you are still in school or working full-time, your study hours will be limited. Some college students elect to take the MCAT in January because winter break offers a significant amount of free time for test prep. In addition, by getting the test out of the way in January, you can free up the rest of the spring semester to work on the remainder of your medical school application. Another consideration when choosing an MCAT date is the application timeline. Ideally, you should take the MCAT early enough that your score is available as soon as medical school applications open. Medical school application deadlines range from October to December, but most medical schools have rolling admissions, so it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible. AAMC releases the first round of applications to medical schools at the end of June, so if you want your application to be one of the first reviewed, plan to take the MCAT by May at the latest. Source "U.S. MCAT Calendar, Scheduling Deadlines, and Score Release Dates." Association of American Medical Colleges. Continue Reading 2020 MCAT Costs and Fee Assistance Program GRE vs. MCAT: Similarities, Differences, and Which Test Is Easier DAT vs. MCAT: Similarities, Differences, and Which Test Is Easier Before You Register for the MCAT Average GPA for Medical School Admissions PCAT vs. MCAT: Similarities, Differences, and Which Test Is Easier MCAT Scoring 101 2019-20 LSAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines for 2019–20 2019–2020 SAT Score Release Dates 2017 MCAT Score Release Dates 2019 LSAT Score Release Dates How to Become a Doctor: Education and Career Path What Are the Registration Deadlines for the 2019–2020 ACT? The Best Free MCAT Prep Resources Do I Qualify for MCAT Accommodations?