Ok guys, re-applicant here, dreading another cycle of this insanity. I'm still waiting to here back from a few schools on how I can improve my application but I've left voicemails and had no response (I'm sure they're slammed busy). However I figured I throw out some things from my past cycle and get some other opinions on here. - cGPA 3.68 sGPA 3.92 I have around 220 hours on my transcript so I know my cumulative GPA isn't budging. - 2018 MCAT 501 (126/122/126/127) - Clinical Hours: ~ 10,000 as a nurse - Volunteer Hours: ~ 200 mostly with a non-profit organization for kid's athletics - Shadowing: None, however I worked as an anesthesia technician at a pediatric hospital for 3 years where I worked exclusively with a myriad of physicians. I worked on every floor, every OR, etc ~ 5,000 hours - LOR: I feel like they were strong. I had one from a director of nursing that was my boss for 3 years, one from a physician at the hospital and then the pre-med committee letter from my university. - Personal Statement: I feel as though it was strong. I had at least 10 people read it and I edited it probably 15 times. - Application was submitted in August (seems late but I'm mainly trying to stay at my state school which doesn't start accepting people until all applications are submitted in November so it's rather pointless to rush the process). - Interview: I believe I absolutely killed it. I had them laughing and we were just having a normal conversation the entire time. I think they asked me all of 3 questions. I was professional but personable, explained every answer with stories and details. Don't know how it could have gone wrong. The interviewers even told me "we don't sit on the admissions committee but if we did, you'd have our full support." Clearly my MCAT score is poor, let's face it. CARS was the death of me and quite frankly, when I received my score, I was stunned. I felt comfortable about the exam. I used kaplan review books and khan academy for content review, studied probably around 200 hours. For questions, I did all of uworld twice and free questions here and there from prep companies. I took Kaplan's free FL exam and the 3 FL offered by AAMC in addition to all AAMC practice questions. All in all, I studied about 6 weeks. First FL was a 494, 2nd was a 502, 3rd was a 507 and 4th was a 508. I figured on exam day I would score 505-510 but somehow the cards weren't in my favor. This go around I've already developed a study schedule for round two, taking the exam May 31st (I'd prefer to take it earlier so I can submit application earlier this year and apply broadly but I work full time and I clearly need to study longer than I did last year). I plan on purchasing 6 FL exams from Next Step Test Prep as well as their question bank. I'll also redo uworld's question bank as well. I'm not sure how I feel about redoing AAMC material since I went through all of it twice (I don't want too much "I've seen this question" material). As far as content, I plan on sticking to kaplan books and khan academy due to financial restrictions as I feel like I had most of the main content down, just need to delve a little further into finer details. I plan on doing ~ 700 practice questions week one with 4 hours of content review/day Monday - Friday, then week two I'll do ~300 practice questions per week with a FL on Thursday (review the exam the next day), maybe 3 hours of content review/day. I'll alternate this schedule back and forth for 10 weeks which will bring my total study time up around 150 hours. All in all it should be ~5300 practice questions total with around 200 hours of content review. Additionally I've yet to figure out what I'll do for CARS specifically. Maybe just do like 4 passages every single day? Any one used Next Step Test Prep? How would you say it compares to uworld or AAMC? I'm continuing to volunteer with the non-profit but it's probably ~10 hours/month and unfortunately I'm in a position where I've just had to work 50+ hours a week so my free time just doesn't allow for research and volunteer, etc. That said, I don't see my extracurriculars changing all that much for next cycle and I'm not sure if I should redo my letters of recommendation or resubmit the ones I had? Thanks to everyone for the read, any advice is appreciated.