2023 Admissions

Medical College Admissions Test® (MCAT®)


This policy is being reviewed with the goal of eliminating the MCAT test requirement for the upcoming admission cycle. More information will be published once available.


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 policy, please refer to: Consideration of MCAT results below. You can consult test dates and the AAMC website on the last paragraph.

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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 are not required:

  • 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, are not required to send their MCAT results and will not be invited to submit them optionally.

Submission of MCAT results are NOT accepted for:

  • Applicants to the Med-P Qualifying Year;
  • 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:

  • Only MCAT versions taken within the last 5 years are accepted.
  • 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 exam need a total score of 508-509+ or a total score in the 80th percentile (or greater) in order to be considered competitive. Competitive scores can vary from year to year, but are approximately 80th percentile for the overall score.

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 www.afmc.ca/web/en/learners/fee-assistance-programs. AFMC will review applications, determine eligibility for financial assistance and notify awardees. 

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