Planning to take the MCAT this upcoming cycle? The 2022 MCAT test dates are finally out!
After yet another crazy MCAT cycle (thanks Covid-19) I bet you're looking forward to a nice calm routine of MCAT prep with a predictable MCAT testing cycle.
While the dates for 2022 are out (below), MCAT registration doesn't open until mid-October.
Looks like once again we have 2 different testing calendars for the US and Canada with more Canadian dates later in the cycle, perhaps to accommodate the rolling admissions for hard deadlines?
The testing calendar for US territories and international locations has also been released, with dates ranging from January all the way to early September.
Why MCAT Test Dates Matter
Most Canadian medical schools have hard deadlines. This means you should aim to complete your MCAT with enough time to receive your scores before the deadline.
Most US medical schools have rolling admissions. This means that the sooner you test, the sooner you can apply, and the sooner your application will be reviewed for consideration.
Rolling admissions are discussed in more detail in my free MCAT prep guide.
2022 MCAT Registration Dates
According to the AAMC, registration for the 2022 MCAT opens in October for those testing in the first half of the year. If they follow last year's pattern, you can expect registration opening in February for the Jul-Sep test dates.
Note: Scheduling for January and March through June 2022 test dates will begin on October 13 or 14 at noon ET depending on your preferred test center location. If testing in the eastern part of the US or Canada, your registration will open on the 13th. Central and western parts of the US and Canada open on the 14th.
2022 MCAT Score Release Dates
MCAT scores are released ~30 days after testing. The second column on each image shows the score release for that specific MCAT date.
Plan for this 30 day delay when calculating your MCAT + application timeline.
In my experience I've see the highest success rate with students who test by June and have their applications in by July.
Students testing in July still do ok, with Aug/Sep dates pushing it slightly.
Your #1 goal is to choose a test day that fits your timeline AND STILL allows you to be PREPARED!
This means that you are much better off with a LATER MCAT test date that you're ready for, vs an early exam with a low score. The latter puts you at greater risk for an earlier rejection.
Remember it doesn't matter WHEN you reach your goals. So long as you refuse to give up and keep working hard, you WILL ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS!!
Not sure how to prepare or even get started?
I cover everything you need for MCAT prep in my free Ultimate Guide to MCAT Prep
For more personal help see the following:
– Creating a custom study schedule and long term plan: Schedule an MCAT Strategy Session
– Strategy + content + accountability + guidance every step of the way: MCAT Study Hall
– one on one private MCAT tutoring
Strategy, Skills, and Useful Study Techniques
- Overall: The Ultimate MCAT Prep Guide
& MCAT Resources – the best of the best as voted by fellow premeds
- Mental Prep:
- Study Strategies:
- Newspaper strategy for improving in CARS
- Audio Study Strategy for maximizing time spent driving/chores…
- Flashcard Strategy for utilizing them the RIGHT way
- Studying the bathroom because hey, you're there every day anyway
- Active Writing for concept and equation memorization
- Note-Taking Strategy for fast-paced effective studying
- 3 Steps to Raising Your MCAT Scores With Full-Length Practice Tests
- 5 Steps to Mastering MCAT Sciences
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- Fellow Pre-med Interviews passing on their insight and advice to you!