Is it the right time to take the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, computer-based test, developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). 

The exam is designed to be taken by prospective medical students interested in getting into their favorite medical school. 

So the question of who is eligible to write the MCAT arises, not everyone is eligible to take the MCAT examination, as only those students who have met certain criteria can be said to be qualified. These criteria are what we will be talking about in this article.

MCAT exam eligibility

A statement by the AAMC reads "you are eligible to sit for the MCAT examination if you have plans to apply for a medical profession college". 

As a student interested in osteopathic, allopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine, you are eligible to take the MCAT examination. International students also have to pass the same eligibility criteria before they can be allowed to sit for the MCAT examination, but their requirement also varies from those of domestic students too. 

In 2015 the AAMC set limits to how many times a student can write the MCAT exam. This regulation limits a student to write the exam three times in a year, four times within a period of two years, and seven times in a lifetime. 

This means anyone who has exhausted the seven times lifetime limit will not be eligible to seat for another MCAT examination.

Special permissions

Interested participants that have no desire to apply to a medical school, or a current medical student is also not eligible to take the MCAT exam, but they can request to for special permission from the AAMC to take part in the examination, by sending an email stating why you want to take the examination.

It might sound weird that someone not interested in medical school wants to take the MCAT, yes, they exist. Some test preparation companies also make their developers take the MCAT test on a yearly basis.

Eligibility criteria for international student

International students can also sit for the examination as longs as they meet up with the criteria and requirements of the AAMC. 

International students should have completed at least four years undergraduate program before they can be considered for admission into American Medical Colleges. 

AMCAS who is responsible for conducting 2017 MCAT will not accept your international academic transcript. The student will just have to submit their transcripts and academic scores separately to their preferred medical school. 

If an international MCAT aspirant holds or is pursuing the MBBS then they are eligible to apply for the MCAT without seeking special permission from the AAMC.

If a student is enrolled in a medical school that is not the MBBS, an international participant can register for the MCAT by requesting special permission from the AAMC.

Just the same way domestic American students, international students will also have to verify their interest in applying to a professional health institution. The participant will be required to provide a letter verifying their intent to apply to a professional health college before they can be eligible to write the MCAT examination.

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