MCAT® Exam with Accommodations
The AAMC is committed to providing all individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency on the MCAT exam, and that includes ensuring access to persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant law.
If you have a disability or medical condition that you believe requires an adjustment to the standard testing conditions, we encourage you to apply for accommodated testing. A decision regarding most requests will be made within 60 days of receipt of all documentation.
We are now accepting all Initial applications online through our new system, MCAT Accommodations Online (MAO).
What Steps Do You Take?
Step 1: Determine if you need accommodations.
You need to apply for accommodations if you have a condition or disability that warrants a modification to the standard testing conditions. For example, text magnification software, extra testing time, a separate testing room, or an authorization to bring in an inhaler, water, or hard candy all constitute accommodated testing.
Step 2: Register for an AAMC ID.
In order to apply for accommodations for the MCAT exam you must first obtain an AAMC ID number. This number is an 8-digit identifier assigned automatically to your personal information. The number will be used to uniquely identify your accommodations application.
You will need this ID, and the username and password you create, throughout your relationship with the AAMC, including when you register for the MCAT exam, apply to medical school, and apply for a residency.
Step 3: Register for the MCAT exam.
We recommend that you register for a "standard" testing seat prior to requesting accommodated testing. This increases your likelihood of obtaining the date and test site you prefer. Also, in the event your request for accommodations is not approved you will have the option to take your exam under standard conditions.
Step 4: Determine which application type and time frame corresponds with your request.
Step 5: Read the Application Requirements appropriate to your impairment(s). Obtain the appropriate documentation from your evaluator.
Note: Applicants with chronic medical conditions (for example, diabetes, migraines, or asthma) or temporarily disabling conditions (such as a broken leg or recovery from an accident) should select Documenting Physical Disabilities.
If you need to update your evaluation but have limited funds, you may be eligible for financial assistance towards re-evaluation.
Step 6: No later than 60 days prior to the SILVER Zone registration deadline for the exam you wish to take, submit your application and associated documentation to the MCAT Office of Accommodated Testing Services through MCAT Accommodations Online (MAO):
Step 7: Wait for a decision from the Office of Accommodated Testing.
You will receive an email from the MCAT Office of Accommodated Testing notifying you that there has been an update to your request. You may then log in to MCAT Accommodations Online (MAO) to view your correspondence.
If your request IS approved:
- Accessible via MCAT Accommodations Online, a letter will be available to you informing you that your request has been approved.
- Next, you must confirm your accommodated seat for the MCAT exam. Please see Reserving and Confirming a Seat for next steps.
If your request IS NOT approved:
- Accessible via MCAT Accommodations Online, a letter will be available to you informing you that your request has been denied, along with next steps and other options.
- You may keep your original appointment and test under "standard" conditions. It is not necessary to confirm your appointment.