Summer 2017 MCAT Registration Open—Select Your MCAT Test Date Now
February 7, 2017
Registration for the July through September 2017 MCAT Test Dates is open. You can see all of the 2017 MCAT testing cycle dates here.
Since now is the time to get started on selecting a test date and preparing for the MCAT, we hosted a live event on Facebook to help you figure out which test date is best for you. You can find the recording here.
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The importance of choosing an MCAT test date
The remaining test dates for the MCAT in 2017 are from March through September. With so many test dates coming up, it can be easy to put the decision on the back-burner, but think about it like this: lots of longer-term decisions—like when to schedule your test prep—depend on your MCAT test date.
Taking just a little bit of time now to determine your future test date can put you ahead of the game and help you develop a strong plan for your MCAT success.
Testing in time for your application
We generally recommend that students give themselves at least three to five months to prepare for the MCAT. As such, if you want to test in April, May, June, or July, now is the perfect time to get started on your prep.
If you’re applying to med school in 2017, remember that the application cycle opens in June of each year, and you will want your official MCAT score to be released and ready to go when you submit your application. That way, your application can immediately be considered as soon as it is received, since most schools operate on rolling admissions.
Are the March, April, and May 2017 exams right for you?
If you have completed all or most of your MCAT prerequisite coursework, you are definitely a candidate for taking the MCAT in the spring. Even if you are completing those courses this term, you can still be ready for the April and May MCAT test dates.
March, April, and May have historically been—and will likely continue to be—the most popular testing months because they occur before the application cycle opens in June. While these Spring months might seem far away, now is the perfect time to get started preparing for these exams so you can comfortably pace your MCAT study and not be rushed into cramming—an unadvisable strategy when it comes to preparing for standardized tests—during the Spring terms.
MCAT classes for the March, April, and May exam dates are available now, so you can enroll and save your spot for when they begin. This way of thinking ahead has an additional payoff: Even though you might not start your MCAT class meetings right away, once you enroll, you get access to your Kaplan materials and can get a jumpstart on your preparation.
What about the summer MCAT test dates?
The MCAT test dates scheduled for the summer are ideal for students who want to spend the academic year completing coursework and therefore need to dedicate their summer months to studying. If you are planning on taking the MCAT in June, you will want to start your preparation no later than February 2017, but if you are thinking of July, August, or September, you can wait until the later part of the spring to get started.
Just remember—if you wait until these later exam dates to test, you will be entering the application cycle once it is in full swing.
Top reasons to start prepping now
As you start to think about your MCAT prep and how it affects—and is affected by—your chosen MCAT test date, remember the immediate benefits of taking an MCAT prep course: As soon as you enroll, even if your class sessions aren’t starting for months, you get access to all of your materials, including the review books, the MCAT Channel, and Science Review Videos.
A lot of students who want to get a leg up on their competition start using those materials right away—not just to jump start their MCAT prep, but also to get the edge in their undergraduate courses. Take a page from their book and you’ll in essence be killing two birds with one stone: prepping for the MCAT while getting extra resources for your classes.
Here’s one good way to get the most out of those resources. For example, if you are taking biochemistry this year, you could use the MCAT Channel sessions and Science Review Videos that focus on biochemistry to give yourself a boost in those courses—think of it as background material. Also, your access to the Review Notes, which nicely summarize the big topics of biochemistry, could give you an added advantage. Might as well get the maximum value out of enrollment, with the longest course access possible leading up to your test date—it’s just extra time to prepare for the exam and simultaneously fortify your knowledge of the topics that will help you get into, and succeed in, medical school.
Balance MCAT prep with pre-med commitments
Here are some other factors to consider when choosing your MCAT test date. If you are planning on taking the exam in the spring, you’ll want to start preparing now—and no later than the end of February. If you are planning on taking the test in the summer, the latest you would want to start studying is April.
If you’re still in school, you should make sure your course load is light enough to allow sufficient study time for Test Day. Treat your MCAT prep like a five-unit class. In total, expect to dedicate about 300 to 350 hours.
MCAT registration is next!
Registration for the July through September exams opens on February 8th. Historically, testing seats fill up very quickly—some in less than 24 hours, and we expect the same to occur this year. You might say that MCAT seats were just as popular as the hottest music events!
Of course, in order to register, you’ll need to know which MCAT test date you’re going for—just another reason to select it now so you are prepared. (Notice how much we’re emphasizing this?) Take some time now to build out your calendar for the next few months. Include personal, academic, and professional obligations so the date doesn’t doesn’t sneak up on you.
Get a head start on raising your MCAT score
No matter when you choose to test, you can still get started now and spread your preparation out. Even if you haven’t completed your prerequisite courses, reviewing old content can ensure you stay fresh and up to date. At any point, signing up for a Kaplan MCAT course gives you access to our Review Books, The MCAT Channel, Science Review Videos, and much more.
With so many different MCAT prep options, it’s easy to find one that works for you. Visit Kaptest.com/MCAT to view our upcoming class schedules and choose your prep.
For more help choosing the right test date or MCAT prep option for you, call 1-800-KAP-TEST to speak with one of our MCAT Student Advisors today.