Most accredited medical schools in the United States require applicants to take the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, although a few do not. Almost all medical schools recommend submitting MCAT scores, however, and students may find themselves at a disadvantage if they choose not to submit scores. Many universities outside of the United States do not require the MCAT, although they might recommend or require an alternate aptitude test from their particular country.

Medical Schools With Optional MCAT Scores

Some accelerated Bachelor of Science/Medical Doctor (BS/MD) degree programs, such as those at Northwestern University, Brown University, or East Carolina University, do not require MCAT scores. These universities are extremely competitive, however, and generally require exceptionally high SAT or ACT scores. Likewise, a few universities with early assurance programs do not require MCAT scores, as students generally apply to these programs in their junior year of college. These programs include Drexel University, Ohio University, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Finally, the MCAT is optional for application to schools just outside the continental United States, such as the University of Ottawa in Canada and Windsor University on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts.

About the Author

Gale Marie Thompson's work has been published in "Denver Quarterly," "Los Angeles Review" and "Best New Poets 2012." Thompson holds a BA in English and creative writing from the College of Charleston, a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is working on a PhD at the University of Georgia.