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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The MCAT Exam 
  • The AAMC has announced that the shortened version of the MCAT exam will no longer be administered. The AAMC plans to administer tests on a normal full-year schedule, while preserving the flexibility to make changes.

  • Masks continue to be required in all MCAT testing centers. 

  • AAMC plans to provide examinees with at least 10 days’ notice if their exams need to be canceled. 

  • All MCAT rescheduling and cancellation fees will still be waived, so examinees can adjust their test dates to accommodate their preparation and individual health and safety needs. 

  • The AAMC has extended access to AAMC MCAT Official Prep products, through September 30, 2021 for all examinees whose exams were canceled due to COVID-19.


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The AAMC (Medical School) Application 

AAMC intend to open the 2021-2022 AMCAS application as planned on May 3, 2021 at 9:30AM EST. Students will be able to submit their AMCAS application beginning on May 28, 2021 at 9:30AM EST.

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COVID-19 Related Links and Information

  • As of April 3rd there is no formal consensus among health professions schools' admission committees about the acceptability of Pass/Fail instead of letter grades for the spring, and possibly summer, 2020 semester. Individually, admission offices have started indicating that they understand the extraordinary situation throughout the country and the world. They will be flexible but in different ways. There already are conversations within health professions educational organizations and between individual schools. Many schools would list their plans on their websites- some more flexible, others, less so. A couple of early examples: Harvard Medical SchoolColumbia College of Physicians and SurgeonsUniversity of California San Francisco School of Medicine. We hope there may be a general statement about MD schools altogether. As of early April, AAMC has indicated they are encouraging individual schools to provide information about their grading and MCAT policies in the MSAR, and to add a COVID-19 question on their secondary applications 

    • AAMC- As of March 22 there isn't a publicized plan but anecdotally medical schools are in communication about a potential approach. 

    • AACOM- As of March 22 the Association is surveying the 36 D.O. schools about grade option, MCAT, and application timing policies.

  • ASCO- As of March 23 Optometry schools are approaching the application process individually and with guidance from state governments. 

  • AACP- As of March 23 the Association of Podiatry schools has stated that its 9 institutions would accept online and Pass/Fail grading for spring 2020 courses. 

  • For Dental School Information - ADEA

  • For Veterinary School Information - AAVMC