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MCAT and Application Advice

Asked 9 months ago by Guest (120 points)

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.

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Answered 9 months ago by tantacles (24340 points)

I think the best thing you can do is take practice tests to help figure out where your score is likely to be. This will allow you to figure out the best study strategy. You are absolutely right that getting a good score is crucial, but only you can determine how much work you need to do to make that happen.

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