MCAT Cost - How Much You'll Spend to Take the MCAT

The MCAT cost is one of the fixed fees that you will pay inorder to take the Medical College Admission Test which is required for admission to not only medical school but the following professional programs:
  • Allopathic
  • Osteopathic
  • Podiatric
  • Veterinary Medicine.

As you can see when you sit for the MCAT it will not be only premedical students taking the Medical College Admissions Test.

Get Your MCAT Wallet Out

To register for the MCAT you'll need to pony up $310.

This is the baseline number you should be saving for if you're short on funds for the MCAT (see below about the FAP if money is really tight).

There are additional fees and penalties you may incur when preparing for your Medical College Admission Test. The fees all are dependent on when you need to make changes to your MCAT. There are three Zones to consider:

  1. Gold: 1 month or more prior to exam
  2. Silver: 3-4 weeks prior to the exam
  3. Bronze: 1-2 weeks prior to the exam

No matter what Zone your International Test Site fee will be $100.

For a date or test center reschedule expect to pay:

  • Gold Zone: $85
  • Silver Zone: $145
  • Bronze Zone: not available.

Let's say you need to cancel your MCAT, here is the refund you can expect to receive:

  • Gold Zone: $155
  • Silver Zone: not available
  • Bronze Zone: not available

And there you have it the fees and refunds you can expect if you have to make changes to your MCAT registration. 

Forms of Money the AAMC Accepts

MCAT costs don't end so get ready to plunk down some major change. 

I hope you're going to leave your American Express credit card, PayPal and checks at home because these forms of payment are not accepted by the Associate of American Medical Colleges...the group overseeing your MCAT cost.

But they'll gladly accept VISA and MasterCard. 

Financial Hardships There's Help For You

There's a quote that says, "It takes money to make money." Well that can be changed for the school setting where it takes money to continue in school.

At just about every turn you're going to incur fees and expenses.

But if you come from an economically disadvantaged background and match the United States Department of Health and Human Services poverty levels there is the Fee Assistance Program (FAP). Meaning instead of paying $310 to take the MCAT you'll only have to pay $120.  

I tell applicants even if you can swing the $310 now sign up for the FAP program so that when you begin your medical school applications you will receive discounted rates. I mention this because you can't change your FAP designation on your MCAT and applications...it has to be the same throughout the entire process of applying to medical school. 

To be eligible for the FAP you'll have to fall into one of three categories:

  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder)
  3. Refugee/Asylum status.

Once You're Paying MCAT Costs There's No Turning Back

Here's what one of my advisors said about the finances and money issues associated with getting into medical school, "Once you're this far into the process you really cannot stop so spend whatever it takes to get into medical school."

Some of my classmates in medical school have this same mentality.

We've invested so much into our careers that whatever else we spend seems like a drop in the bucket because we know at the end of the day we need to have a career where we make enough money to pay back our $250k in educational debt. 

So stopping or thinking about another career is not a viable option if the salary is not equal to what you can make as a doctor. 

For you this means you have to do everything possible to ensure you get into medical school. You've invested too much to give up at this point. If you need to do well on the MCAT then I have a course you're definitely going to want. It will solve your MCAT concerns and help you achieve top scores allowing you to gain entry to medical school. 

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