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Students applying to medical school take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For Dental School, students will take the DAT, Vet students take the GRE, etc. Along with grades, your test score is a crucial component for admission.

The MCAT is a content specific exam that tests competencies in biological, physical, and chemical sciences, knowledge of sociology and psychology, understanding of research methodology and strength of verbal/comprehension/analytical skills. Dartmouth courses prepare you well, though committed preparation is essential. Save your lecture and study notes!


Take the MCAT in time to know your score before you submit a Primary Application. We recommend that you take it by May of the year you apply. Come discuss your plans so we can figure out what makes sense for you.

Test Dates and Locations

TEST DATES are available in the months of Jan, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

TESTING SITES: Planning will be required for travel to your testing sites, and may require leaving the day before in order to be at the site on time on test day.

The closest testing site to Dartmouth is in Concord NH, about an hour away.
There is one site in Burlington Vermont (closer than Boston, pretty easy drive)
There are several sites in Massachusetts including three in the Boston and several in surrounding areas as well as 1 in Springfield MA.


Take the MCAT when YOU feel prepared. Some applicants study during an off term, some take a 2-course load while studying, some need to take it during an ordinary term. 

MCAT prep requires as much as has your most rigorous course in time commitment terms. Students typically study about 3-4 hours daily (taking 7-hour practice exams on the weekend) for 10-12 weeks—and scheduled time for full, real time practice testing during that period. Some students take a course, others prepare using their science course materials, Khan Academy, MCAT/AAMC and/or some from Kaplan, Princeton etc.


Fee Assistance Program

Learn about the MCAT and AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP).

 **Note that you must qualify for Fee Assistance before signing up and paying for the MCAT to obtain assistance. It is not retroactive. If you qualify for the MCAT FAP in the same cycle in which you are applying, you will also quality for the AMCAS FAP program. It can take 6 weeks to have the FAP approved. Plan accordingly, as it requires paper work and records from you and family. If you did not apply before you took the MCAT but think you might qualify, apply before you submit your AMCAS app (again give it approx. 6 weeks at least). If you do qualify—medical schools will often provide fee assistance for their secondary applications as well.


If you are entitled to testing accommodations for classes at Dartmouth, you may or may not qualify for such accommodations for the MCAT exam. You must apply well in advance.

Last Updated: 10/17/18