2016 MCAT Cost and Fees by Registration Zone

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Taking the MCAT is no easy feat, and paying for it isn't either, especially if you're a poor college kid working your way through undergrad. So, how much does this test cost? Good question. Here's the answer:

Note: The MCAT fees below are only payable in U.S. dollars.

The MCAT costs are divided into three zones: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Read on for the benefits and costs of each.

The Gold Zone

If you take a peek at the MCAT registration dates, you'll see that the Gold zone is the earliest zone in which to register, and registering early has its advantages! There is more flexibility for dates and locations, to begin with. And when you register in the Gold Zone, you can get a partial refund if you need to cancel for any reason. Plus, this zone offers the lowest MCAT fees all around.

  • Registration Fee: $305
  • Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee: $75 extra
  • Cancellation Refund $150
  • International Fee: $95 extra

The Silver Zone

If you miss registering in the Gold zone, there are still benefits to getting in a little bit earlier. First, the registration fee does not increase at all. Plus, you can still reschedule your test date or test center if you need to. If you need to cancel, though, you're out of luck where your cash is concerned!

  • Registration Fee: $305
  • Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee: $135 extra
  • NO Cancellation Refund
  • International Fee: $95 extra

The Bronze Zone

If you're late registering for the MCAT, the good news is that you can still take it. The bad news is that you're going to have to pay a bit more for the test than if you'd planned ahead.

  • Registration Fee: $355
  • NO Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Option
  • NO Cancellation Refund
  • International Fee: $95 extra

Affording MCAT Fees

The AAMC does offer a fee assistance program (FAP) for students who just can't afford to pay the MCAT registration fees, but the benefits of the program vary according to which registration period you choose to use.

Gold Zone FAP Program

  • Registration Fee: $115
  • Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee: $35 extra
  • Cancellation Refund $60
  • International Fee: $95 extra

Silver Zone FAP Program

  • Registration Fee: $115
  • Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Fee: $55 extra
  • NO Cancellation Refund
  • International Fee: $95 extra

Bronze Zone FAP Program

  • Registration Fee: $165
  • NO Date and/or Test Center Reschedule Option
  • NO Cancellation Refund
  • International Fee: $95 extra