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Before you start your MCAT test prep, you should get some basic information about the test, such as potential MCAT test dates, available locations or, typical structure of the MCAT exam.

Having this information will allow you to develop an MCAT preparation plan.

MCAT test locations

The MCAT exam is administered in several hundred locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as several sites in:

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • The Middle East
  • Africa
  • Australia

To find a testing location and to register for the test, click here.

MCAT test dates

For the average MCAT, registration will usually open three to four months before a test date. You may take the MCAT exam a maximum of three times per year. You can only register for one testing session at a time, but there is no set time period that you must wait before taking the test again.

To see the testing dates for this coming year, see the testing calendar here.

MCAT test structure

Test SectionNumber of QuestionsAllotted Time
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems5995 minutes
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills5390 minutes
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems5995 minutes
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior5995 minutes

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