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Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by avenlea, Sep 22, 2013.

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  1. avenlea

    avenlea 5+ Year Member

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    Hi,

    I'm planning on taking the MCAT by studying all next summer - I start around Aug 20th and I'm out of school April 30th.
    However, I'm considering studying abroad for the month of May till May 30th.
    Would June 1st-Mid august be enough time to study for the MCAT with the SN2ED schedule, 16 hr a week job, and no class?

    thanks!
     
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  3. missdoc91

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    16 hrs of work doesn't seem bad! It depends on how much you remember the subjects and how much time you need to review them. I did the same thing last summer and i ended up doing good on PS 12 and ok on BS 10 but verbal sucked because i really didnt pay attention much VR 6.
     
  4. avenlea

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    Roxas Giggity! Bronze Donor 5+ Year Member

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    I personally would take longer than that if possible. Just know that an extra month of studying could mean a sizable difference in your score. Plus the SN2ed schedule is BRUTAL! I only worked about 6 hours a week, had no other commitments, and I quickly fell behind the schedule. Some can keep up, but I would say the majority of us need to spread it out a little longer.
     
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  7. cde

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    If you really want a decent chance to get in, do the study abroad AFTER taking the MCAT. That way your score is back in time to apply somewhat early in the cycle.
     
  8. Roxas

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    haha I wasn't bragging about it, and I have all the more respect for those that do it. I'm lucky enough to have a wife that works full time, so I didn't need to work like crazy while studying. I think we can agree that in any scenario, working less is always better for MCAT study.
     
  9. avenlea

    avenlea 5+ Year Member

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    I am not applying this cycle, I am taking a gap year.
     
  10. aspiring20

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    O Grady, your 3.6 GPA and 30 MCAT should be adequate for many MDs...

    However, after looking at your MDapps, I only saw DO schools.

    Are you just not interested in MD programs?
     

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