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MCAT Test Day Checklist

A Quick Reference for What to Expect on Test Day

The Checklist

  • Valid ID that exactly matches the name on your MCAT registration
Time and Place
  • Confirm the current address of your testing center
  • Confirm the date and time (including local timezone and daylight savings time)
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam time
  • Be familiar with your route
  • Fill up gas tank [by car]
  • Know rules and location for parking [by car]
  • Get tickets or refill card [by train, bus, or subway]
Personal Items
  • Medication (e.g., prescription, allergies, glasses, contact lens solution)
  • Audio (e.g., music, inspirational)
  • Light reading material
  • Food and drink
  • Dress in layers
  • Earplugs (foam, wireless, and sealed)
Be ready
  • Be well rested
  • Set an alarm
  • Pack bag (including ID, wallet, keys, phone, and personal items)
  • Accommodate for the weather (e.g., umbrella, boots)

MCAT Essentials

MCAT administrations are very regimented on account of testing and security policies. You should familiarize yourself with test day procedure during the lead up to your exam. The most comprehensive breakdown of Registration, Test Day, and Scoring policies is AAMC's "official policy and procedure guide" MCAT Essentials (2018).

While experiences are meant to be uniform across test centers, things do happen outside of what is planned and expected. In some cases, such as a technical issue, you may be rescheduled for a new testing location or date. Do your best to be patient and flexible. Remain calm and professional, and focus on your exam.

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