Long time lurker here, looking for some advice. I was planning on applying to allopathic med schools this cycle, but I ended up taking the MCAT late in the game (tested on 7/8, getting scores on 8/8). As I walked out of the testing room, I felt confident--but at this point, I feel like I did terrible. My concern is that I will finish my primary app, and get a bad MCAT score, rendering my app useless. My GPA and ECs are solid (lots of hospital volunteering, research, presentations, conferences, and tutoring, although I don't have ANY formal shadowing experience yet). Personally, I feel like if I take a gap year, I can make my app stronger with more clinical experience, and retake the MCAT (if necessary). At the same time, however, in the slim chance that I did well on the MCAT, a gap year might not be needed. Should I wait until next cycle, or take my chances and finish the primary app (which I have already started) and hope for the best?