So the MCAT is curved based on the performance of test-takers in a given group. I imagine the exam is randomly generated out of a vast question bank for each test-taker, but certainly some limits need to be set on how large a "batch" is considered before calculating and applying the curve. If this is true, then it makes sense that, if certain times of year are more popular for certain types of students, then it's very possible that certain times of year would be more competitive than others to score well on the MCAT. Now obviously if the sample was randomized in all ways, the season should have no effect, but if it's the case that eager, type-A, gunner-types tend to take the exam in May while non-traditional students might be more likely to take the exam at odd times like October or January. If timing affects applicant type, then we should be able to figure out the most statistically favorable time of year to take the MCAT. Is this totally impossible, or am I on to something?