MCAT test date

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Jul 11, 2010
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Is there an ideal time to take the MCAT, besides taking it when you are ready? Not the end of summer since many study during the summer?

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Summer before you apply would be best if you can get all your pre-reqs done in time.
After you finish your prereqs but before June of your application season.
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I won't be applying until 3 years from now though. I heard that the AAMC establishes a curve beforehand
You can take up until august of the year you are applying. It will be a late and risky application but it is still an application. I would recommed, the summer before junior year, the winter break of junior year or may/june of the application cycle.
I'd say the summer before you apply, after you've finished as many of your pre-reqs as possible. Use your summer to really study and focus to knock it out of the park. If worse comes to worst, then you have the year to re-take. I'd say the latest you should be aiming to take it is April or May of the year you are actually applying.
I think the summer of application worked best for me because the "all or nothing" feeling helped motivate me to study. Then again, this might come back to haunt me when I get score back. I don't think retaking in August is a viable option for me.