SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hi everyone. I have been lurking on these forums for a while and finally decided to register and post up. Not sure if this would be better suited here or another part of the forum. If it is out of place please feel free to move it mods. I guess a little background is in order. I graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a bachelors in Life Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I chose this section because I figured taking a few years off would put me in the nontraditional grouping. My overall GPA was 3.12 due to a rather abysmal freshman year, but steadily improved to the point where I was deans list for the last 5 semesters of undergrad. During this time I did many extra curricular's such as shadowing at the cancer drug development center at Hershey Medical Center, running with a volunteer fire co, working with the THON charity, participating in my fraternity, and about 3 years working in the biotechnology lab for one of my program advisers. Most of my work at the lab was focused on biofuels and plant genetics. I am currently looking for another volunteer/internship/healthcare job until I apply to medical school. I also worked all throughout college to support myself. It was not in a medical/science field, but I wasn't sure if that mattered. Since graduation I had to take some time away from post grad to help my family since my step father developed cancer. He had to have a colonostomy, removing much of his digestive tract, and I have been helping my mother take care of him and the house during the past year. I am looking to take the next year to start the studying/testing/application process for the 2013 school year. I have been looking at the study programs that have been listed on this site and am waiting on my tax return to order the materials. I was wondering if anyone could help me out on what date I should be shooting for to take my first (and hopefully only) test to be in good shape for the 2013 year. I am sure I have more questions, but I can not think of them a the moment since it is rather late so any additional advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone.