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Are You Eligible to Take the MCAT Exam?

Registration Eligibility

You may sit for the MCAT exam if you are preparing to apply to a health professions school. These include the following types of schools:

  • Allopathic
  • Osteopathic
  • Podiatric
  • Veterinary Medicine

Note: At the time of registration you will be required to accept a statement verifying your intention to apply to a health professions school. If, however, you are not applying to a health professions school, or if you are a currently enrolled medical student, you may obtain "special permission" to register for the exam.

Testing Eligibility

You may take the exam up to three times in 2014-January 2015, but you may register for only one test at a time.

International Students

If you are an international student, you are welcome to take the MCAT exam provided that you meet the eligibility requirements described above. If you are in an MBBS degree program or hold the MBBS degree, you may register for the MCAT exam without seeking special permission.

Special Permissions

There are two circumstances in which you must apply for special permission to take the MCAT exam:

  • You wish to take the test for any reason other than applying to a health professions school, or
  • You are a currently enrolled medical student (other than MBBS degree program)

To apply for special permission, please send an e-mail request to, stating the reason(s) you wish to take the exam. The MCAT exam office will attempt to review and respond to your request within five business days, although heavy volume may delay our ability to reply within this time frame. We therefore ask that you be mindful of registration deadlines, as staff cannot extend closing dates for any reason.

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