What is the MCAT Exam?

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), developed and administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective medical students in the United States and Canada. It is designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioural, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. For further information about the MCAT® exam, please visit the AAMC website.


What is the MCAT Fee Assistance Program?

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) offer a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees in financial need to help them prepare for and register for the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) for the 2020 and 2021 testing years. 


Why it matters?

In our continuing efforts to support an increasingly diverse physician workforce, the AAMC and AFMC are providing support to Canadian students who would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) without financial assistance.


How do I apply?

  • Step 1

Find out which Canadian Faculties of Medicine require the test as part of their admission requirements at Admission Requirements of Canadian Faculties of Medicine or by checking the schools’ websites.

  • Step 2

Review the application and processing timelines. The application period for the 2020 and 2021 testing years is now open. All applicants should read the MCAT® Fee Assistance Program for Canadians Application Guide which offers all the information required including program eligibility, award benefits and post submission processes.

  • Step 3

Check your eligibility by responding to the online questionnaire here. If you meet the assessment criteria outlined in the eligibility check, you will then have access to register and apply to the fee assistance program.

  • Step 4

Submit required financial documentation to verify your income, that of your spouse (if applicable) and your parent’s incomes.

  • Step 5

The AFMC evaluates applications for fee assistance. Successful applicants will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation rates for 2020 testing year. Awardees will also receive the MCAT® Official Prep Online-Only Bundle.


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