Medical College Admissions Test® (MCAT®)

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 categoryTo view MCAT version 2015 policy, please refer to the paragraph below. Access test dates and the AAMC website here.

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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 is 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 accepted for:

  • Applicants to the Med-P program;
  • International Medical Graduates who have completed the Medical Council of Canada’s Qualifying Examination part 1 (whether applying to MDCM with advanced standing or MDCM four-year program;

MCAT required for U.S. Government Loan Eligibility

Applicants with American citizenship or permanent residency, who may wish to apply for U.S. Government Loans at any time during their degree, must submit their MCAT results with their Admission application to be eligible for loan disbursement (regulation 34 CFR 600.55).  

Consideration of MCAT results:

  • We will now only accept MCAT version 2015.
  • MCAT results taken 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.
  • 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. Test scores that do not meet the competitive score may still be considered depending on the pool of applicants that year.

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) has a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need who register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®).  Canadian applicants who qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates for the current or upcoming 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 . AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees. 

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