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How bad would it look if you bomb the MCAT in April, but show a decent improvement in August?

If you know you are going to bomb it in April, is it better to not take it at all? Do the cons outweigh the pros of taking it in April?

I know by taking it in April, even if you bomb it you atleast can see how you do in a real testing environment. You can also see what bothered you, and why you did bad to recover in the next round.

By taking it in August, you wouldn't be so stressed out when you have to study in the summer. You would be fully devoted to study for it and have better chances of scoring higher.

What do you guys think? Please let me know how you dealt with the situation if you already were in this before.


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If you absolutely know you are not going to be ready for the test, then don't take it in April. Some schools take the averages, others take the best score.

But you should probably wait.