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Last Updated: October 25, 2023

MCAT Fee Structure

The Medical College Admission Test or MCAT is taken by students who aspire to join Medical Schools as part of their higher studies. It is a computer-based test that has a duration of 7 hours and 30 minutes in all including the breaks. The exam takes an interdisciplinary approach with 4 multiple-choice sections. These sections are Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis and Reasoning.

The fee related to this standardized test, like other tests of a similar nature, is split into different categories like the registration fee, cancellation fee, rescheduling fee, and other additional expenses related to the service required. The cost of applying for the test is relatively high due to the importance of the test and the procedures involved. It is also to be understood that the expenses included in preparing for the test are not limited to registering for the exam since the preparatory materials often require a large sum of money.

Fee Assistance Program in MCAT

AAMC offers a Fee Assistant Program for students who require financial assistance. This is for students who want to take the MCAT test or are AMCAS applicants in dire need of financial assistance without which they would not be able to take the test and pursue higher studies.

Eligibility Requirement for the Fee Assistance Program

Benefits of the Fee Assistance Program

Registration Fee for the MCAT Exam

The Registration fee for the MCAT is as follows-

Standard Registration$335
Fee Assistance Program Registration$140
International Fee**+$120

**The International Fee is the amount added in addition to the initial registration amount and is applicable only to international applicants. In the event of registration cancellation, this additional fee is not refundable.

Rescheduling Fee

There are three different types of deadlines for candidates to reschedule their MCAT test. These are as follows:
DeadlineStandard Changes FeeFee Assistance Program Change Fee
60 or more days before exam$50$20
30-59 days before exam$100$40
10-29 days before exam$200$80

Cancellation Fee

If candidates cancel their MCAT exam before the deadline, their refund will be as follows:
DeadlineStandard Changes FeeFee Assistance Program Change Fee
60 or more days before exam$165$70
30-59 days before exam$165$70
10-29 days before exam$0$0

How to Make the Payment for MCAT

The payment for MCAT registration can be made through American Express, VISA, and MasterCard which includes debit cards with the VISA or MasterCard logo in it. The registration will be confirmed as soon as the payment is reflected in the system. In case the payment has been declined or the credit card charge has been reversed, the registration will stand canceled until an alternative form of payment has been made.

The penalties for reversing credit card charge or canceling payment is that the registration may stand canceled, or that AAMC may withhold the scores of the student including previous scores. They will also not allow students to register in the future nor provide other services until the payment issue has been reconciled.

Despite the registration-related fees being mentioned, it is possible that the amount may increase during registration due to the amount of tax being added. Sales tax, value-added tax, goods and service tax, or other charges may be made according to the jurisdiction or country the student lives in.

Cancellation Policies and Refund Amount

Students can cancel their registration up to 10 days before the test day. This can be done by logging into their MCAT Registration System. If students do not cancel their exam before the suggested deadline and do not appear for the test as scheduled, they will lose one of the seven attempts they have for the test. They will also only be able to register for another test 24 hours after their scheduled test day.

Once the cancellation is done, the candidate will receive an email confirming the cancellation. Candidates are asked to contact the authorities if they do not receive the cancellation email within 24 hours of making the cancellation request. If the student cancels 60 days before the exam, they will be able to receive a refund. Refunds are made through the mode of payment done by the student.

2024 MCAT Test Dates