Take the MCAT exam.
In response to COVID-19, the MCAT exam will be optional for the remainder of 2020 for those who have not yet taken the exam. This will only be for the Fall 2021 application cycle. We will consider and accept applicants without MCAT scores. If you have a MCAT score, or pending MCAT score, it will be considered by the Admissions Committee. If you choose to take the MCAT this year, the current deadline to take the MCAT is September 30, 2020.
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).
Why require 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.
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.