Planning for the MCAT

Give considerable thought as you plan for the MCAT.  You should ideally take the exam only one time and only after you have completed the recommended courses.  Most students devote several months and approximately 300 hours or more to study and so consider when you will have this time available.  The MCAT is offered in January, and then monthly from April to September.  An April or May test date will mean that you will need to study for the exam while maintaining your spring courses and Duke activities.  An August exam will give you the entire summer to study.  A January exam means that you will study throughout the fall.   We recommend that you take the MCAT at least a month before you send in your application so that you have your scores back (medical school applications go in around June 1 which means taking the MCAT in early May).  Many students will take the MCAT much earlier, in January or even in the preceding August.

Applications to other health professions schools may differ slightly, but all require study for a standardized exam and preparation for an application.  See the Apply section for more details in Admissions Tests.