With exception of a few special programs (Pre-Professional Scholars Program and the WUSTL Linkage Program), all applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants may submit an AMCAS application and secondary application without an MCAT score, but an application will not be considered complete and ready for review until an MCAT score has posted.

Contact the Office of Admissions to find out which testing date will be the last date accepted (see the MCAT exam schedule) for the current application year. The Office of Admissions does not accept MCAT scores more than 3 years old (i.e. the earliest test administration year accepted for the 2017-2018 application cycle was 2014).

Please visit AAMC's MCAT site for additional information regarding the changes, new course requirements, preview guides, and how to best prepare for the test.


It is not uncommon for successful applicants to our school to have taken the MCAT more than once. However, barring any unique situations, more than two or three attempts at the MCAT are generally viewed less favorably by our admissions committee.  

While we do look at the scores of any previous attempts, we generally consider the most recent score in the evaluation of the application.

MCAT scores are valid for three years prior to matriculation year. For example, 2014 is the last year considered for applicants applying in 2017 for matriculation in 2018.

When you feel most prepared. All students learn differently and therefore, we encourage students to prepare for the MCAT in the way that suits them best. Some students prefer self-study while others take prep courses. We endorse only the method that works best for you.

No. That testing date is simply too late in our admissions process.