Hello, So I took my first crack at the MCAT back last April, and I, unfortunately, did not do as well as I hoped. I ended up getting a 505 score (131/123/125/126 by order of each section). I applied to a limited # of schools who accepted students with this score with anticipation that I would be taking a gap year. I was ashamed of my score, so I restarted my MCAT study with a different approach and more dedication. I retook the exam in January, and ended up getting a 512 score (132/123/129/128). As you can see, my overall score jumped 7 pts, which I am happy about, and I am scared about my CARS score given that it showed no improvement. I am worried that it might be the anchor in my application and prevent me from getting accepted. What would you recommend: retake it or apply again with this new score? To provide some other background factors of my application: GPA: 3.87 | Science GPA: 3.86 -Plenty of volunteer experience both in hospital setting and in organizations for low income communitys -Performed research for 2+ years in college and was fortunate to recieve my name on a publication -Currently working as a medical scribe (40+ hrs/week) and exploring other volunteer opportunities -Shadowed and worked with a physician at their clinically -For my next year, I will be doings Biomedical Science Master program. - I am looking to apply to mostly mid-tier MD schools along with a few DO schools; a small list of schools are listed below SCHOOLS AIMING TO APPLY TOO: University of Illinois at Chicago Robert WoodWard Johnson Medical School Rutgers Medical School Rush Medical College Rosalind Franklin Indiana Univeristy Saint Louis Univeristy Central Michigan Ohio State New York Medical College DO Programs: Midwestern (Arizona/Illinois), NYIT, PCOM Any tips, recommendations, or helpful advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!