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Test Day Rules and MCAT Security

Admission and Identification

When you arrive at the test center, you will be checked in by a Test Center Administrator. You will be asked to sign a sign-in sheet, present a valid ID document, have your fingerprints digitally collected, and have a test day photograph taken.

Keep Calm and Carry the Proper ID

You’re ready for the MCAT exam.  You’ve studied, reviewed, practiced, and practice some more. You’re ready! But is your ID?

When you arrive on test day, the identification you present must meet certain criteria before you can even be allowed into the testing room.  Follow the path  to be sure your ID is as ready as you are!   

Remember! An acceptable form of identification must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have the same first and last name(s) as your MCAT registration
  • Be current (document must have expiration date that has not passed)
  • Have been issued by a government agency (driver’s license or passport)
  • Include a photo which can be used to positively identify you
  • Include your signature, which you will be asked to duplicate on test day

For more information on the check-in process, Prometric provides this video: What to Expect on Test Day Check-In.

For more information on AAMC's collection and use of biometric information, see the Identity Verification Service Web site.


Testing Center Regulations

Ensuring the authenticity and validity of test scores is a primary concern of all testing programs. Providing uniform testing procedures and maintaining test security serves the interest of examinees and test score users. In order to provide fair, equal, and secure testing conditions for all examinees, the staff at each testing center will follow common procedures. All examinees are required to comply with these regulations and procedures.


Items Permitted in the Test Room

You may only bring the following items into the testing room:

  • Photo Identification
  • Center-provided scratch paper and pencils
  • Center-provided locker key
  • Foam earplugs in an unopened container and presented to the test center administrator for inspection

If you require a personal item for a medical condition (e.g. food, drink, insulin pump, crutches), please see "Personal Medical Items" in Applying for Accommodations.


Items Permitted on Break

During your scheduled breaks, you may access only food, water, and medication. All break policies are outlined in the 2014 MCAT® Essentials  and Testing Center Regulations and Procedures, which you are required to read. Please be especially mindful of the following policies while taking your breaks:

  • Do NOT access your cell phone or any other electronic device. Better yet, leave these devices at home or in your car. Even holding or touching an electronic device is considered a violation of MCAT policies and will be treated as such.
  • Do NOT access any notes or other study materials.
  • Do NOT leave the testing center.
  • If you need to access food, water, or medication, make sure to remove the item from any bag, purse, or backpack you may have brought to the testing center. The bag MUST remain in the provided locker at all times.

Honoring your Examinee Agreement

The MCAT Examinee Agreement  sets forth the terms you agree to follow when you take the MCAT. You must read and accept the terms of the MCAT Examinee agreement twice: when you register for the exam, and when you take the exam. Violations of the MCAT Examinee Agreement are treated very seriously and may result in a warning, an investigation, and may lead to criminal or civil legal action. Please take a moment to review this important letter regarding the MCAT Examinee Agreement.

An open letter from the AAMC to MCAT Examinees. 

The AAMC has developed guidelines to provide information and help clarify what aspects of your exam experience are appropriate to discuss.


Voiding your Exam

The AAMC offers you an option to void your MCAT® exam if you are uneasy with your performance and do not wish your test to be scored. This opportunity occurs at the end of your exam.

Please refer to the MCAT Essentials  for more information about voiding your exam.


Submitting Test Center Concerns

If you have a concern regarding test-day procedures or the testing room environment, you should inform the Test Center Administrator on the day of testing and submit your written concern must arrive by fax or mail within five days of the test date.


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MCAT Security Tip Line

The MCAT program considers the integrity and security of the exam process to be very important. If you observe any irregular behavior or exam security violations before, during, or after an examination, please call the MCAT Security tip line at 202-903-0840, or send an e-mail to: MCATSecurity@aamc.org. If you choose to remain anonymous, the AAMC will not disclose your identity unless required by law.


Honoring Your Examinee Agreement

Please take a moment to review this important letter regarding the MCAT® Examinee Agreement.