The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe has upended life, work and studies for millions, including America’s medical students. Some are graduating early and getting an unexpected, baptism-by-fire start to their careers while others are in limbo, with tests, classes, labs and residencies on hold indefinitely. Among the most urgent questions for students right now are those pertaining to 2020 MCAT schedules.
“We know how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been to MCAT examinees during these critical weeks and months as they prepare for their journey to medical school,” said the Association of American Medical Colleges in a statement released today. To help minimize further disruption, the AAMC has announced an expanded testing schedule, a trimmed-down exam and waiving of rescheduling fees until further notice.
Three new dates have been added to the testing calendar: June 28, September 28 and September 29, each with three appointment times. Normally lasting seven and a half hours, this year’s MCAT is shortened to five hours, 45 minutes to accommodate for the additional appointments, increase capacity and follow social distancing practices in all test centers. Of course, you’ll be tested on content from all four sections of the exam and are responsible for knowing the same concepts and skills that are tested on the full-length exam.
Scoring structure won’t change. You will receive five scores: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score, just like examinees who took the full-length test.
Registration opens May 7 for the updated MCAT testing calendar, though keep in mind that things could change according to the spread of COVID-19. The most recent update is based on information current as of April 24, so be sure to check the AAMC’s website regularly for the latest information.
We here at WOLFPACC implore all medical students to take precautions, follow all preventative recommendations and remain safe as you continue your medical studies. Contact us to find out how we can help and be sure to ask about our live, online COMLEX and USMLE review classes.