2020 Medical School Application Changes Tracker

We have been closely following reports on the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and how it will affect the 2020 medical school application cycle. Medical schools have altered their applications, schedules, and dates due to COVID-19.

This page will be updated regularly to reflect the newest updates from every medical school, the AMCAS, TMDSAS and AACOMAS.

MCAT News (as of 4/25/20)

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Updated April 24, 2020

To lessen the impact of MCAT cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide testing to as many examinees as possible who want to test in 2020 during the pandemic, the AAMC is temporarily shortening the MCAT exam and offering multiple administrations per test date. A shortened version of the MCAT exam will only be administered from May 29 through the end of the 2020 testing year.

The exam time will be reduced from a total “seated” time of 7 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 45 minutes. Some of the field test questions in each section have been removed, and some administrative items, such as the tutorial and the end-of-day survey, have been reduced or removed to shorten the length of the exam.

The exam will not be easier or harder than the full-length exam. In each test section, examinees are still responsible for knowing all of the same concepts and skills tested on the full-length exam.

There is no change to scores. Examinees will receive five scores from the shortened version of the exam: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score, just like examinees who took the full-length test. Please see our webpage on how the exam is scored  for more information.

We encourage you to use the “Practice with Exam Features” interactive tool in the free resources section of the MCAT Prep Hub to familiarize yourself with the exam’s functionality before test day in lieu of the tutorial.

Below is the new test day schedule. Exams will be administered three times a day at test centers to accommodate the immediate need for increased testing capacity and flexibility as the pandemic unfolds.  Standard start times will be 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. each day. There may be some variations by test center. More information about start times, including start times for examinees who currently have 8:00 a.m. appointments, will be provided prior to registration opening. .

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Application Opening Dates (as of 5/05/20)

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Updated: April 20, 2020

Attention: 2021 AMCAS Cycle Update

The AAMC has been working closely with the medical school admissions and pre-health advisor communities to consider the impacts on applicants due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical schools are aware of the many challenges applicants are facing and understand the need to be flexible in their admissions approach.

At this time, we intend to open the AMCAS application as planned on May 4, and delay transmitting AMCAS applicant data to medical schools by two weeks. This transmission delay – moving from June 26 to July 10 – will give applicants additional time to complete their applications during this rapidly changing situation due to COVID-19. We do not expect this two-week delay to impact AMCAS operations, including application processing and verification.

AACOMAS will open on May 5, 2020. AACOMAS has an COVID-19 update page here: https://choosedo.org/coronavirus/covid-19-aacomas-application-updates-and-faqs/
To further support applicants during this time, TMDSAS has elected to extend the application deadline to October 30th, 2020.

The deadline will remain September 15th for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

The deadline for test scores and letters of evaluation has been extended to November 13th, 2020

TMDSAS member institutions have agreed to accept all courses graded as pass/fail as equivalent to graded courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the spring 2020 academic term (including winter 2020 quarter term). Member institutions will continue to review candidates utilizing a holistic, individualized review process, considering candidates based on the totality of their academic career.

All prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online format in the spring 2020 (including winter 2020 quarter term) and summer 2020 academic terms will be applied towards the education requirements for all TMDSAS member institutions.

School Listing (Schools will be added as updates are available)

Many schools are currently reviewing their policies towards extracurriculars, coursework, the MCAT and application deadlines to accommodate the needs of pre-med students. Our goal is to consolidate that information here for you as best we can. We know this is a difficult time for many applicants, as well as our world as a whole. At ProspectiveDoctor, we want to make the process a bit easier for you.

If you have any updates, email us at [email protected].

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