I'm thinking that the application pool this year will effectively be much larger than previous years due to the delays by AMCAS. There will probably be almost no penalty for taking the August MCAT this year, which should significantly increase the number of people (during a single time frame) that the med schools are considering. When I say penalty, I know theres no concrete way to assess it, but generally speaking in previous years schools would delay the process for those who took the August MCAT and wait for their scores to come in. By the time that usually happens, there are fewer spots in the med school class so their chances are somewhat reduced since most schools use rolling admissions. Anybody care to speculate on how many people this year will fit the following: 1) Taking the August MCAT 2) First time to take the MCAT 3) Applying for 2002 It is these applicants who will make the market more crowded relative to previous years. Just food for thought.