MCAT and Application Advice
I am taking my MCAT on May 5th, one week before finals. My cGPA is 3.455, so a little low but with a good upward trend as well as decent ECs. I am currently very worried about getting a good enough MCAT score to make up for my GPA, and I am considering pushing back the date. My goal was to have applications finished and submitted by June 1st with an MCAT score release of June 5th. I wanted to get in early in the cycle so my application had more of a chance. The problem is, I work about 25 hours a week combined with volunteering, shadowing, research, and writing a thesis. I feel like I barely have time to breathe. I know that getting a good score the first time is crucial, however, so how much would my chances decrease if I moved my MCAT to May 24th (or later) to give myself a full 2 weeks with out school to give good focus on studying? (Obviously I am studying every week, but I only have about 3-4 hours to do so.) The release date would then be June 26th.