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So My younger sister took the MCAT when she should have waited. She got a 500 and She cannot retake until September 2020. She has a 3.8 cumulative and 3.85 science gpa from an elite liberal arts college with a double major in religion and biology. She has hundreds of hours as an EMT working in an emergency room and pretty decent extracurriculars. Her school submits a committee letter and everything else in the application is pretty solid. She is currently enrolled in a 16 week MCAT prep and tutoring class which should help her get a decent score but does that mean She must wait until the October Score release to submit her AMCAS application? If she submits before the new score comes out She will get weeded out by most Allo schools. Anyone out there have any solid advice? Or is She just screwed for this cycle?
 
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She does not need to apply this cycle. If she wants to apply only to DO schools she could apply this month to certain DO schools. Where is her state of residence ?
 
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Some schools will hold the application and not make a decision until the new scores come out if you click the box indicating that you'll be retaking the MCAT. However, having an application that is not complete until October and with an average of two MCATS that won't be >512 will put her at a disadvantage at some schools. If I were the magic 8 ball, I'd say "Wait for the next cycle". Also, tell her to make her own account.
 
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I do not understand the problem. Is the goal to get into medical school or to get into medical school quickly?

1) If the goal is to actually become a physician, then the person in question should focus solely on the MCAT and apply next cycle. With an initial MCAT score so low, there needs to be a great improvement so 100% of effort until the exam goes into prep for MCAT. Any distraction such as actually filling out AMCAS and secondaries is wholly detrimental to the critical issue

2) Now if the person in question must apply to medical school this term, call the police as I assume someone is holding a gun to her head. Apparently that person is the sister. She can apply all she wants and then regret the next 40 years how she rushed an application to school and didnt get in.

3) This entire situation is in your control and ridiculously obvious except to some of the supposed best and brightest, the premeds, who lose sight of their dream. The goal here isnt to apply to medical school. THE GOAL IS TO BECOME A DOCTOR.

4) To do that you need a good MCAT especially after a horrible score >>> And to do that you need to focus solely on MCAT prep >>> and to do that you need push AMCAS and secondaries aside, not apply this year, and apply next cycle.

5) there is no other question here, the choices are laid out clearly and is your sister wants to show bad judgement again after taking an MCAT wholly unprepared, that is her foolish and idiotic choice.
 
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It’s not what she wanted to hear but it is the right approach. Mainly it is an ego thing since all her friends from college and high school applying this cycle and she has to take another gap year.

Appreciate the advice.
 
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Some schools will hold the application and not make a decision until the new scores come out if you click the box indicating that you'll be retaking the MCAT. However, having an application that is not complete until October and with an average of two MCATS that won't be >512 will put her at a disadvantage at some schools. If I were the magic 8 ball, I'd say "Wait for the next cycle". Also, tell her to make her own account.
What do you mean by average of two MCATS? If you taken the MCAT within 2020 the schools will adverage the two scores?
 

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What do you mean by average of two MCATS? If you taken the MCAT within 2020 the schools will adverage the two scores?
If you take the MCAT more than once, some schools will average the two scores. e.g. say you get a 500, retake and get a 520. The average is going to be a 510. Some schools will use this average - other schools will take the highest attempt. Most schools’ MCAT policies are clear on their website.
 
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If you take the MCAT more than once, some schools will average the two scores. e.g. say you get a 500, retake and get a 520. The average is going to be a 510. Some schools will use this average - other schools will take the highest attempt. Most schools’ MCAT policies are clear on their website.
To add to this. AAMC recommended averaging MCAT scores as there is some data suggesting that STEP scores were more like the average of MCAT score for an individual rather than either separate score for multiple MCAT test takers. Most schools will clearly note their initial screening policy for MCAT. However during full evaluation and review the reader and adcom will see all scores and can take them into account. This is why you should never take the MCAT unless full prepared as the bad score follows you around forever
 
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