Hi, I am a junior in college, and I am planning on taking the April MCAT. I've begun to think, however, that regardless of when I take the MCAT, it would be a good idea to take a year off between college and med school, and I was wondering if anyone had opinions on that. Especially if anyone took time off, I would love to hear if that worked out well for you. My grades aren't really a problem, and I have some experience in clinical and research aspects of health care. But... I would like to work for a year doing HIV prevention counseling (something I've only done as a volunteer) or just doing something completely different.... Does taking a year off mean MCAT scores from your junior year could be too old? I have researched this a bit and haven't found that to be the case, but you never know... Is it frowned upon by the people who end up making admissions decisions? If anyone has any advice, it'd be much appreciated. =) Good luck to everyone starting/going through this long process!