Information about the Computerized MCAT Test

By Peterson's Staff updated on Friday, February 01, 2013

The computerized MCAT test

As of January 2007, the MCAT exam completed its transition from a paper-based exam to a computer-based exam. All administrations of the MCAT are now entirely computerized. However, the exam is not in a computer-adaptive format. It uses fixed forms that allow students to review and change answers within the current section of the test. The MCAT is now offered multiple times throughout the year instead of just twice.

Benefits of the computerized MCAT test

  • More exam administrations in a calendar year
  • Shorter test day
  • Faster release of scores
  • Standardized testing environment
  • Enhanced testing security
  • Smaller testing groups

Effect on MCAT prep

The average MCAT test-taker may not have experience using a computer-based exam, so be sure to take these changes into account when completing your MCAT preparation.

For more information about the MCAT, go to

About the Author

Peterson's has more than 40 years of experience in higher education, and the expert staff members here are all ready to leverage their considerable knowledge and experience to help you succeed on your educational journey. We have the information, the know-how, and the tools -- now all we need is you!

More articles by this author
Find a graduate school that's right for you!
1Choose a state

2Choose a major
3Choose a degree type

Graduate Schools you might like...

Forgot Your Password?

To reset your password, simply enter your email address in the field below and click the Reset Password button. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

Check your email.

Please check your email and click on the link provided in the message to reset your password.