Examinees will need to be informed that, as of a certain date, medical schools will only accept the new exam with their application. How is that being addressed? |
The AAMC and medical school admissions officers are currently considering this question. They are weighing the pros and cons of asking all applicants for the 2016 entering class to take the new exam. They’re also talking about the window within which they would accept scores from the current exam if they decide to accept scores both from the current and new tests for 2016 admission. AAMC and the admissions officers expect to decide on this question in July and will communicate it to stakeholders via e-mail to our 4,000-member listserv (including pre-health advisors and other baccalaureate faculty), postings on the MCAT2015 Web site, and through social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Although currently MCAT scores are good for 2 or 3 years (It's school dependent), it appears that due to magnitude of the change to the MCAT and the re-norming the exam will undergo, AAMC is seriously consdering requiring ALL applicants for 2016 to take the new exam since the changes may render it impossible to accurately compare a pre-2015 MCAT score with a 2015 MCAT or later score.
And AAMC can do whatever it wants---it controls the admission process of all US med schools. You play by their rules or you don't play....