I am currently a second semester sophmore but by hours I am a first semester junior. This summer I will be attending a pre-med academy at Texas Tech where we wil be spending MANY hours in MCAT review. I am considering taking the M in August and be ahead in the process. What is the real reason you are encouraged to take the M in April? Is it because it is different or because people who take it in August are submitting late in the process? By taking it in August it will be fresh on my mind and I can start applying in Janurary when I have the required 90 hours. I fell I could get my application in 4-5 months ahead of most people. Is this flawed reasoning? Also, I wouldn't have to worry about studying for the M while on school. I have all my prereq's out of the way. The drawback is I would not have any AP or Genetic's classes which I hear helps. We will cover this though in the review. THANKS!!