If you apply to medical school, you will have to take a standardized test, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). If you are a predental student, you will take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
These standardized tests measure your knowledge and critical reasoning skills. They provide an objective score for medical schools to use along with your GPA.
- Read the AAMC’s MCAT resources to prepare for the MCAT.
- Read the DAT Program Guide (pdf) if you are interested in dentistry.
Seats for the MCAT can fill up quickly at popular testing times. We recommend taking the MCAT early, no later than the spring of the year you intend to apply. It's a good idea to have your MCAT score before you submit your application.
It can take one to two months to get your score back. If you take the MCAT in April, you will get your score in May. If you take it in May, you get your score in June. Look at the calendar of testing dates (pdf), and take the MCAT early if you can.