With the introduction of the new MCAT in spring 2015, I’ve received many questions from applicants who plan to enter medical school in the fall of 2016 about whether schools will accept scores from the “old” MCAT. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) took a survey of medical schools regarding their policies about which scores they will accept for applicants who are applying for entry to medical school in fall 2016, 2017 or 2018. Of the schools that responded to the survey, only one indicated that they will not accept scores for the old MCAT for 2016 applicants. For 2017 and 2018 entry that number increases. Therefore, when you plan to apply to medical school is an important factor in deciding which version of the MCAT to take. Although it may be tempting to take the MCAT before it changes, you should also weigh when and to which schools you’ll be applying to in order to make sure that those scores will be valid at the schools you’re interested in for your application year. You can find the results here and use them as a guide to help you decide whether to take the MCAT before it changes, or wait until spring 2015.
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