2020 MCAT Dates List: Plus Tips On When To Take The MCAT In 2020
2020 MCAT Test Dates

2020 MCAT Test Dates List: How To Choose Your MCAT Date To Maximize Your Chances Of Med-School Admission

2020 MCAT test dates are out!

It's time to decide on when is the best and smartest testing date for you to maximize your chances of med-school admission.

It's time to figure out your overall strategic approach for your unique situation, that will make sure you never have to write the MCAT again.

We'll be covering all of that in this article...

But before we get to all that good stuff, here are the 2020 MCAT dates if you haven't seen them already:


2020 MCAT Test Dates and Score Release Dates

When To Take The MCAT To Maximize Your Med-School Admission Chances

So how do you decide on when to take the MCAT? Here are our MCAT test day registration tips for when to take the MCAT to maximize your chances of med-school admission...

First, the only way you can make the smartest and best decision for your test day is if you have all the information at your fingertips. So here we've succinctly noted pretty much everything you need to know make a strategic plan and smart decisions about your test day.

Initially, we'll talk about med-schools that have rolling admissions, who review applications as they're received. Then, we'll talk about med-schools that have hard deadlines and no rolling admissions.

Keep in mind, most schools in Canada (and less than a dozen in U.S.) have hard deadlines and no rolling admissions.

With that said, let's begin...

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    Every med school has a limited number of seats in their classes. The more students they bring on, the less seats they have. Thus, applying early is key because it increases your chances of qualifying for a seat. Which means it would be smartest to write the MCAT very early.
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    When admissions committee is reviewing your application, you want there to be 100% availability in seats so your chances of acceptance are high, as long as you meet specific requirements for your target school.
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    AMCAS applications open early May to submit to medical schools in early June, which means no matter how early you test, you'll only be able to input your application in May and apply in early June. And if you want to be part of the very first set of applicants, you've got to be ready hit that submit button on the very first day you can in June.
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    It takes approximately 30 days from your test date to get your MCAT score results back, therefore ideally, you want to write that MCAT on or before the final April test date so you can be ready when May rolls around.
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    However, if you're not ready by April, don't test in April! If you're not confident about hitting your MCAT score goal, then you're better off delaying. A mediocre score with early application doesn't get you accepted quickly, it gets you rejected quickly.
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    After August, competition usually reaches it's peak. You can test at this time, but we wouldn't recommend it.
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    Don't treat your med-school application as any less important than your MCAT. Give yourself all the time you can for it. Get it reviewed by credible people. If you can, get started on them before applications even open by Googling the essays, getting all your transcripts, LORs, etc. ready to go.
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    If you write your MCAT early but don't submit your applications as soon as you possibly can, there was no point in you testing early in the first place.
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    Testing in January is a good idea if you studied all summer and fall, and feel ready to get the exam done with. This way you can get your scores by Feb and just wait until May to start application. You can use that time in the middle for a lot of things such as travel and extracurriculars.
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    Some schools don't have rolling admissions and have hard deadlines. This doesn't mean that you should wait until the last minute to write your MCAT and risk not being prepared.
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    We recommend scheduling your MCAT test date at least 2 months before the deadline. This gives you breathing space and is valuable in the case that 'stuff happens'.
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    A lot of things can get in the way of your plan (environmental issues, physical issues, family issues, etc.), so be smart and don't schedule your test for the very last possible day because if something happens and you can't test that day, you'll be waiting an entire cycle.
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    Do not submit an application without an MCAT score, and just letting them know you're testing soon. Your application will most likely get 'passed on'. 
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    Don't apply if your score isn't near or at the med-schools criteria. If you didn't get the score you want, you can try other schools, but if you want your dream school, withhold your application, retest and get that target score.
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    Remember your MCAT score will be the deciding factor in whether or not the admission committee gives your application a second glance. With thousands of applications to go through, using the MCAT score is how they filter candidates (with computers). A 510+ score can make you competitive for most schools.
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    Understand how to 'hack the system' to get the highest score possible in the easiest way possible. The #1 way to accomplish this is to use the same study tactics and strategies that others have used to score over the 90th percentile on the MCAT. Those are MCAT study techniques that you can trust are RELIABLE and won't waste your time. Our entire site is dedicated to bringing you exclusively those proven top-scorer MCAT secrets. Read reviews here of those who have used these top scorer strategies. Use them yourself, and watch your MCAT score increase drastically with every practice exam.
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    Please don't take this test lightly. Do not let all of your years of hard work go to waste because of one exam that has been unfairly given the power to determine your future. Study smart with the best strategies and make it your mission to make this the last time you'll ever face the MCAT. There are always easier, smarter methods to get what you want.
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    Know that getting a score near or over 510 on the MCAT is not unrealistic for you. It's very possible regardless of your current situation. You just need to know how to approach the MCAT strategically and efficiently.

So there you have it...

Everything you need to know to achieve your desired MCAT and med-school admission outcomes strategically.

If you learned something new here, we hope this got you thinking about how important it is to first spend some time gaining the insights of those who are already where you want to be. Not spending the time gaining this leverage is why there are way too many premeds who suffer during MCAT prep...

Some start out strong and feel the anxiety when their scores don't improve. Some are strong all the way through until there are only a few weeks left to the MCAT and they realize they're not on route to get the MCAT score they really want and need.

Others are terrified right from the start - not knowing how to even begin studying in the best way possible.

Many have to retake the MCAT all over again, dealing with even more pressure than before.

All of this can be avoided if students just take the time to first understand HOW to take the MCAT; how to study for it, how to approach passage-based questions, how to study for CARS, what the highest yield topics are, how to think through question stems and answer choices, how to finish the exam in the given time, what to study first, what to study last, how to schedule MCAT prep, how to first master the concepts and more importantly how to apply it all....

And that's not all - there's so much more to know. We can go on and on but the point is, you can't just jump into studying for the hardest exam of your life without a strategic plan, especially if the exam's primary goal isn't to test your knowledge (like all the other exams you're used to), but to stretch your knowledge!

Its goal is to test your limits by trying to trick you, confuse you, test your mental and emotional stamina, and ultimately see if you're truly med-school material. To score 510+ or even 508+ on this exam, you need to know what you're up against so you know how to take the MCAT...

And the best way to do that is to get the reliable insights and strategies which got  MCAT writers before you 90+ percentile MCAT scores. They figured out all the high leverage strategies so you don't have to. All you have to do is copy and apply them.

Yes, it will take a little time to learn their strategies. But it's worth it. Learning from their successes and mistakes can save you days, weeks, and even months of ineffective studying where your score is just staying stagnant. 

If that makes sense to you, this is where you can learn top scorer MCAT study methods which will help you achieve your 510+ MCAT score that gets you into med-school.

Lastly, whether you're retaking from an attempt in 2019 or starting fresh to write your first MCAT in 2020, just remember that you have what it takes...

You're smart. It's all a matter of learning how it all works first

You got this,

The MCAT Mastery Team
Your MCAT Success Mentors

P.S. If you want one-on-one mentoring throughout your MCAT journey, we're available for that too 🙂

About the Author MCAT Mastery

Every year MCAT Mastery helps thousands of premeds in achieving their target MCAT score goal so they can get into the med-school of their dreams. The dedicated team at MCAT Mastery accomplishes this by conducting ongoing research and paid interviews with 90+ percentile MCAT scorers, to bring you the most credible, most proven MCAT prep strategies on the planet.

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