I'm not looking for any poetic descriptions, percentages, or hyperbole; I'm just genuinely curious as to how much time elapsed since you decided you were going to apply to med school and whenever your application with AMCAS was complete. Perhaps you decided after you had already taken some pre-reqs., perhaps you had not. As for myself, I decided to enter a post-bacc. program shortly before finishing a completely unrelated graduate degree and just after quitting a miserable job with a Men's magazine in Manhattan. I started with Inorganic Chem. in the summer and finished all my pre-reqs about a year later, however, as a result I only had about 6 weeks to completely dedicate to the August MCAT (last paper test). I did well enough but wish I had more time, as I believe I under-performed. The sad truth is that I am getting over-the-hill though, and getting in a.s.a.p. was something of a priority. It may not be at my first choice, but I will be matriculating this fall, and that fact trumps going to my first choice school.