The MCAT is a computer-based exam and consists of 4 sections:

The MCAT exam is typically offered on about 25 dates from January through September. There will be no test dates in February or October - December. Specific test dates can be found on the AAMC/MCAT website.

Learn more about how the MCAT exam is scored.

The AAMC MCAT site provides comprehensive information about the MCAT. 

Timing of MCAT

Northwestern pre-med students should take their MCAT after completion of their pre-med required courses, usually in the spring of their junior year or the summer after their sophomore year.

We're happy to meet with students to discuss the best time for them to take the MCAT!

Please also refer to the AAMC's list of medical school policies for accepting new vs. old MCAT scores for the next three application cycles.


The MCAT web site also provides the following preparation materials:


Financial assistance

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) assists MCAT® examinees and AMCAS applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application.