By Ashley Mannka-Suydam
Kaplan Test Prep
Recently the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) officially announced the MCAT Test Administration Calendar for 2014 and January of 2015. Since the announcement, there’s been quite a bit of speculation about the calendar and what it means for the roll out of the new version of the exam in the Spring of 2015.
Most noteworthy about the released schedule is that it includes 3 administrations in January of 2015 – the 8th, the 10th, and the 13th. Given that the AAMC has previously stated that the final administrations of the current version of the MCAT would take place in January of 2015, it seems reasonable to conclude that these dates represent the last opportunity that students will have to take the current, three-section test. In fact, the AAMC confirmed that point shortly after announcing the test calendar, while acknowledging that there still remained the possibility of scheduling an additional administration in January 2015 if demand warranted it.
For students planning to take the MCAT this year, registration for test administrations between January and May of 2014 has now opened. The AAMC experienced technical issues on the first day of the enrollment period that forced them to shut down the site, so students who experienced problems when trying to register should check the MCAT Twitter account for the latest updates. It’s expected that the registration period for test dates between June and September of 2014 will open in mid-February, as per the usual schedule, and as always it’s important that students don’t delay in registering for the test in order to ensure that they get their preferred testing date and location.