MCAT exams cancelled for March and April due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

The MCAT exam for March and April are officially cancelled. 

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) announced last week that the Mar. 27 and April 4 MCAT exams have been cancelled globally due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.                                              

Here are the frequently asked questions that can be found on the AAMC website:

How do I know if my test center is closed on my exam date?

You will receive a cancellation notice from Pearson VUE by email as soon as your test center is closed. If you do not receive a notice, your exam will proceed as planned.

What are my options if my exam is cancelled?

If your test center is closed, you will automatically receive a full refund of your base exam registration fee, in addition to notice from Pearson VUE. This refund can be used to schedule a new exam online using the MCAT Registration System. Depending on your credit card or bank’s policy, it may take a few days for your refund to appear.

What if I want to reschedule my exam due to concerns or restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Flexible rescheduling has been extended for exams taking place through the end of May 2020. All rescheduling fees will be waived for examinees who wish to reschedule existing April or May MCAT exam appointments due to concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are extending the option to reschedule online using the MCAT Registration System or by phone by calling Pearson VUE at 866-281-7532. If rescheduling online, you will be charged a rescheduling fee which will be automatically refunded. Please allow two weeks for your refund to process. 

This policy will be updated as the situation changes; however, your opportunity to reschedule at no cost will remain at least until the end of May. Be advised, Pearson VUE is currently experiencing long wait times on the phone, so we encourage you to use their "call back" feature.

Will there be any new exam dates to compensate for cancellations and rescheduling?

We are closely monitoring appointment availability on the existing dates. We do not have any updates about new dates at this time.

Are there any considerations being taken for upcoming application cycles due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The AAMC services, including MCAT and AMCAS, are carefully monitoring and assessing the rapidly changing environment caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). One element of our assessment includes talking with the medical school admissions community, vendors, and reviewing applicant comments. We will provide updates as quickly as possible.

What are the impacts on coronavirus (COVID-19) on access to MCAT Official Prep courses?

Impact on product availability

The AAMC has suspended the shipment of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam and the print version of the MCAT Official Flashcards ordered through the AAMC Store until further notice. All online products, including the Online-Only Bundle and Online Flashcards, are available. To be notified of when print products become available, please fill out this online form

Students can also access free, online study resources through the MCAT Official Prep Hub

Impact on examinees whose exams were canceled or rescheduled by AAMC/Pearson VUE

If your MCAT exam has been canceled or rescheduled due to the coronavirus test center closures, or you voluntarily rescheduled after March 11, and the expiration date of your MCAT Official Prep products was before September 30, 2020, the expiration date of those MCAT Official Prep products will be extended to September 30, 2020. 
Impacted students, who purchased MCAT Official Prep products through the AAMC Store or received products through an AAMC access code, will receive a notice with more details when product expiration dates have been adjusted. Please allow one to two weeks for expiration dates to adjust in the MCAT Official Prep Hub.