How Much Do You Pay For MCAT And Why
The MCAT is a common admissions test that candidates have to take if
they want to apply to a health professions school. This exam aims to
test an applicant's basic knowledge of science in the fields of
Physical Science and Biological Science. It also tests the Verbal
Reasoning and Writing abilities of the candidate. The course covered in
the test includes what is deemed relevant knowledge for a medical
college applicant to have. MCAT has four sections and lasts for around
five and a half hours. Most of the test is in multiple-choice-question
format except for the Writing Sample section which contains two essay
style questions. There are some fees which are charged for the various
services provided by MCAT.
The fee for registering well within the regular registration deadline i.e. up to 14 days prior to the test date is US $270. If you miss the regular registration deadline, you can still register for the test by availing the late registration benefit. This can be done till a week before the test and the fee charged for this privilege is $75. International students (students who do not belong to the territory of the United States, Canada, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) need to pay $85 extra for registration.
Fees for Related Services
The MCAT provides some additional services so as to be able to meet all needs of students. They also charge a fee for these additional services. Such services include rescheduling test date, changing test centre, rescoring and cancelling your registration.
- Changing Test Date/Centre - If you feel that you have chosen an inappropriate test date for whichever reason, you can apply for another test date but this has to be done before the regular registration deadline. Applicants can also get their test centres changed but this also needs to be done before the regular registration deadline. Both these changes are subject to availability of seats so there are no guarantees. For availing these services, you will have to pay additionalfees of $90 each.
- Rescoring - If, for any reason, you feel that you have scored fewer marks than you deserve, you can apply to get your answers rescored. The charges for getting a multiple choice question section rescored are $55 and the same apply to getting the Writing Sample section rescored. The charges for getting the entire paper rescored are $110.
- Refunds - If, for any reason, you want to cancel your MCAT registration, you can do so till up to 48 hours before the test. You will get a refund of 50% ofthe fees only if the cancellation is done before the regular registration deadline. Recipients of the Fee Assistance awards are refunded their money in full.
Fee Assistance Program
The MCAT has a Fee Assistance Program in place to help students from
financially weak backgrounds to apply for medical school. They feel
that a person's financial status should not get in the way of his or
her dream of becoming a medical practitioner. Thus, a person can apply
for this program - details of which can be found here https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/
- and once they get the approval, their registration charges are
reduced to just $100. Persons who receive this award also benefit in
other ways. They receive The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam as well their AMCAS fee for all 14 colleges is waived.
All MCAT fees are to be paid in US dollars only and through either Visa or Mastercard. All payments are processed online.