What is the MCAT®?
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is owned and operated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). For information on the test, including testing dates, locations, and preparation materials, consult the AAMC's website below. Note that the MCAT may be required, optional or not applicable depending on your applicant category. To read the admissions office's position on the 2015 MCAT, please see the last paragraph.
Submission of MCAT results is compulsory for:
- Applicants in the Quebec University, Out-of-Province Canadian and International University categories whose degree for the basis of admission is from a non-Canadian university.
Submission of MCAT results if optional for:
- Applicants in the Quebec University, Out-of-Province Canadian University and International categories whose degree for the basis of admission is from a Canadian university.
- When optional MCAT results are submitted they will only be used if they render the application more competitive.
Submission of MCAT results are NOT required of:
- Applicants to the Med-P program;
- International Medical Graduates who have completed the Medical Council of Canada’s Equivalence Exam (whether applying to MDCM with advanced standing or MDCM four-year program;
- Non-Traditional Pathways applicants.
Consideration of MCAT results:
- We will accept both 2014 and 2015 versions of the MCAT after the rollout of the 2015 version. Scores are acceptable for 5 years after the last test administration.
- MCAT results dating more than five (5) years from the relevant application deadline will not be considered.
- MCAT results received after the relevant application deadline will not be considered.
- The highest overall result set of available and valid sets (sittings) are considered.
- Individual subset scores are not considered.
- All three numerical sections, the Biological Sciences (BS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Verbal Reasoning (VR), are considered (for 2014 version or earlier).
- Competitive applicants tend not to have written the MCAT more than two times and have generally achieved a minimum overall numeric score of 30 (for 2014 version or earlier). Applicants taking the 2015 version of the exam need a total score of 508-509+ or a total score in the 80 %-ile (or greater) in order to be considered competitive.
- Where valid MCAT results are submitted, results will be considered in conjunction with academic results in the relevant science prerequisite courses (50/50 weighting).
Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Fee Assistance Program
NOTE: McGill does not require applicants whose bachelors' degree was completed in Canada to submit an MCAT. If you are a Canadian (including Quebec) student who completed your degree outside Canada, and are in financial need, please be aware of the following program:
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) are piloting a new fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) during the 2019 testing year. Canadian applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the 2019 and 2020 testing years. Note that there are specific deadlines to apply.
Students interested in the Fee Assistance Program for Canadians can learn more about the eligibility criteria, application process, and deadlines by visiting AFMC's website at www.afmc.ca/mcat-fap . AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees.