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is testing 8/1 and submitting to all schools 8/16 too late?

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My app is verified to one throwaway school, but I am not scoring where I want on my MCAT and I am signed up to test in two weeks. I want to pull up by at least 2-3 points, I think having an additional two weeks will really help solidify final topics and set me up better for the test.

Unfortunately, I have a prior 505 MCAT, but 3.9 GPA, tons of ECs, some pretty unique experiences that many advisors have said will help me stand out.

I definitely am not going to take the exam if I don't feel ready, so I am considering whether to give myself a little more time and test 8/1 and apply this cycle or if it would be smarter to apply next year instead so as to not be at a "late" disadvantage? any other cycle, 8/1 is way too late...but everything is so uncertain that i don't know if this would be considered late and put me at a disadvantage
 

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My app is verified to one throwaway school, but I am not scoring where I want on my MCAT and I am signed up to test in two weeks. I want to pull up by at least 2-3 points, I think having an additional two weeks will really help solidify final topics and set me up better for the test.

Unfortunately, I have a prior 505 MCAT, but 3.9 GPA, tons of ECs, some pretty unique experiences that many advisors have said will help me stand out.

I definitely am not going to take the exam if I don't feel ready, so I am considering whether to give myself a little more time and test 8/1 and apply this cycle or if it would be smarter to apply next year instead so as to not be at a "late" disadvantage? any other cycle, 8/1 is way too late...but everything is so uncertain that i don't know if this would be considered late and put me at a disadvantage
You'd be fine even in a regular year, and will definitely be fine this year. Submitting on 8/16 will still give you plenty of time to get most secondaries in by Laobr Day, assuming you have pre-written some of them, and you should have everything in by mid-September. You'll be fine, with everything being as backed up as it is this year. This is the very reason why AAMC is reporting scores in two weeks!!
 
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