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I have dealt with depression during my undergraduate. I started reviewing for the MCAT back in the summer of 2020. I went through Kaplan review books twice, the 300-page behavioral sciences review, and other free material and took extensive notes. I had really good intentions of using my extra time since things were canceled due to covid during this fall semester to study and get ready for the exam. My depression stems from not having many friends at my undergrad and feeling alone. It started back in Fall 2019, but was minor and didn't really affect me too much. This semester was different -- it hit me really hard. I still did well in school (almost 4.0 GPA), volunteered as I could, practiced my sport, participated in extracurricular activities, etc. However, my depression really took a lot of my extra time away from me and I never got around to studying for the MCAT. I finished the semester and then had this holiday week. I now have about 3 weeks until my test -- AHHH!

I have nothing to do these next 3 weeks, so I can fully commit to the MCAT, but it makes me nervous. I don't want to push it too much because I will be applying to medical school this summer. My parents will be paying for my complete application cycle but only if I apply this summer (no gap year). I don't know whether to push it back or just try my best with the time that I have and retake it in April if necessary, etc.
 
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Have you taken a practice test? It'll help you get a good feeling about how much of the material you know. If you're pretty good on content review and you're generally a good test taker, I don't think it's impossible to do.

That said, if you take a couple practice tests and are you aren't in a good place, it's better to postpone than to get a bad score.
 
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First, RELAX. It’s just a test. Second, three weeks is not enough to thoroughly review AAMC FL’s. You need at least 5 weeks. Regardless, try to take one and see how you do on it, but I highly suggest taking it only when you’re ready.
Third, read my signature. You will be fine.
 

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You can take your MCAT as late as June and still be considered early during the application cycle. The timeline is a bit confusing so let me know if you want to know what your timeline would look like with a June MCAT.

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