Originally Posted by CopToEM
There's absolutely 0 reason to wait until you see your MCAT score. You can't hide it from them so what difference does it make? Whether you submit now or you submit in August after your retake they're still going to see your score.
When you get your score in and report it you will have the option of marking it for retake. Typically schools will hold your application until you retake it. My advice is don't be quick to mark that - some schools may show you love with the score you got so give them time to react.
Applying early is exponentially more important than waiting on your MCAT score to release. Every week you wait is another week of seats gone and every week your statistical chance of acceptance drops.
Thanks for the helpful advice. Can I fill out the AACOMAS now, or do medical schools only let you apply starting early in June? I think you missed my point though about waiting to submit my applications until I take the MCAT; again, I was concerned that preparing applications now would be detrimental to my MCAT preparation time-wise, since I'll be taking it in mid June. However, given what you've told me and what the other poster said, I will definitely be applying as soon as possible.