MCAT Exam for Fall 2022
In response to COVID-19, the MCAT exam will be optional for those who have not yet taken the exam. This will only be for the Fall 2022 application cycle. We will consider and accept applicants without MCAT scores. If an applicant already has a MCAT score, or has a pending MCAT score, it will be considered by the Admissions Committee. The current deadline to take the MCAT is September 30, 2021 for those choosing to take the MCAT in the 2022 application cycle.
The decision to take the MCAT will depend on individual circumstances. Applicants should seriously evaluate the benefit and risk of taking the exam for themselves and their immediate contacts such as family members and roommates. Additionally, consideration of test availability and accessibility may be important. Without an MCAT score, the Admissions Committee will rely more on grades and science GPA to evaluate an applicant’s academic preparation for medical school. Applicants with an inconsistent academic record, or a previous low MCAT score, should strongly consider taking the MCAT or delay application until they feel they can do so with less risk or delay. This will provide the Committee an additional metric to consider with their grades and/or previous MCAT score.
When the application has been received by the UWSOM, applicants without a score and test date will be asked to declare if they intend to take the MCAT within two weeks of receiving the request. Given the linear nature of the admissions process, applicants cannot change their mind once they have declared they are not taking the exam. If an applicant declares that they are not taking the MCAT but decide to register or take the exam, their application will be immediately withdrawn from consideration.
Why consider the MCAT?
Applicants must demonstrate they have the academic ability to complete medical school and pass the USMLE (United States Medical License Examination). The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Academic ability is usually evaluated by a combination of grade point average (GPA) and MCAT scores.
Many applicants take the exam during their junior year of college to allow themselves time to retake the exam if they are unsatisfied with their initial scores. Applicants can also take the MCAT exam after submitting the AMCAS application, but the application will not be reviewed until an MCAT score is received. It is advisable for applicants to take the MCAT after they have completed all of their science prerequisites.
Commercial MCAT Preparation: On our Admissions Resources page, we list several MCAT preparation courses and services that may be beneficial as you prepare for the exam. (The UW School of Medicine does not endorse or have any financial interest in these).
The table below illustrates the combination of overall undergraduate AMCAS GPA and MCAT scores of UW School of Medicine applicants (from the WWAMI states, including MSTP WWAMI) that were accepted (green) and not accepted (red) in the last academic year. Most applicants who were accepted with lower-than-average college GPAs had taken additional post graduate course work and performed well.
Academic standards grid showing a matrix of GPA and MCAT scores and the number of students accepted from each combination
acc = all those accepted. tot = total applied.