The MCAT Exam has gone paperless!
Most of our international testing sites have been computerized for
several years. Last year we added 10 U.S. computerized sites as
alternatives. We will now deliver the MCAT exam as a computerized exam
only, starting in January 2007. Thomson Prometric will deliver the
computerized MCAT on behalf of the AAMC multiple times per year, at
hundreds of testing sites in North America and select sites in Europe,
Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.
Benefits of the Computerized MCAT Exam
Computerizing the MCAT offers advantages for both students and
- Test administrations will increase from twice a year to 22 per
- Morning and afternoon sessions will be available on weekdays and
- Students may take the MCAT exam up to three times per year (but
may be registered for only one testing date at a time).
- The computerized test day will be about half as long as the
paper-and-pencil administration day, primarily because there is less
- Beginning in 2007, the number of questions will be reduced by
about one-third (without changing the content representation), and the
allowed testing time will be reduced by about 30 percent. Research
showed that a shorter MCAT exam would retain its predictive power.
- Beginning in 2007, scores will be reported in 30 days instead of
60 days. Our objective is to eventually reduce reporting to 14 days.
Computerized Testing Environment
Thomson Prometric testing centers are climate- and sound-controlled,
designed and built exclusively for CBTs. Ergonomic chairs, guest
lockers, state-of-the-art equipment, and noise reduction headphones will
be available to examinees.
Thomson Prometric has testing sites throughout North America and
around the world. They are building new sites in locations where the
MCAT potentially has more examinees than they can seat.
Computerized MCAT Exam Registration and Scheduling
Online registration for each testing
date will open roughly six months prior to the testing date. Please see
the current listing of test dates
(PDF, 2 pages) for registration opening dates. Thomson Prometric
will reserve seats for MCAT examinees until 60 days before each testing
date. After this, the seats will be released to people who wish to
register for other tests. However, students will still be able to
register for the MCAT exam up until two weeks before a chosen testing
date. Through online registration and scheduling, it will be possible to
change testing dates.
Thomson Prometric, a leader in technology-enabled testing and
assessment services, offers hundreds of testing sites around the world.
Thomson Prometric is building testing sites in select locations to meet
MCAT demand. New sites will be added to the list of
MCAT Test Centers as they are