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Are you supposed to start applying to med school your junior year? Are you supposed to take the MCAT in April of your junior year? It seems really early.
 

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physiclas87 said:
Are you supposed to start applying to med school your junior year? Are you supposed to take the MCAT in April of your junior year? It seems really early.
No, you don't apply junior year. Some apply the summer before their senior year. Others take time off and apply after they graduate. It just depends what you want to do with your life.

As for the MCAT, you can take it junior year if you want. It really depends on when you decide you want to apply to med school.
 

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physiclas87 said:
Are you supposed to start applying to med school your junior year? Are you supposed to take the MCAT in April of your junior year? It seems really early.
You take the MCAT when you best feel ready.
You apply to med school the year before you want to start med school.

Neither of which HAVE to be in your junior year. Plenty do it in their senior year and some even after graduation.

Good Luck
 

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physiclas87 said:
Are you supposed to start applying to med school your junior year? Are you supposed to take the MCAT in April of your junior year? It seems really early.
if you want to be old school about it (re: traditional applicant) it goes something like this:
take MCAT your junior year of college, fill out your AMCAS during the summer between your junior and senior year (or, start the fall of your senior year). do the secondaries during the same summer and into fall of senior year. interview during senior year, get an accpetance senior year and go the med school the next fall.

but you can do it any way you like, take as many years as you like, it may help you out in the end if you don't think you are ready to go straight from undergrad to med school.
 
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I'm so confused!! A lot of people say to take it early...in April instead of August. Are they saying try for April of you junior year???? What do most people do????
 

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physiclas87 said:
I'm so confused!! A lot of people say to take it early...in April instead of August. Are they saying try for April of you junior year???? What do most people do????
"taking it early" usually means to take it in April of junior year if you plan to apply during the summer between junior and senior year (when the cycle starts). it all depends when you apply.
 

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You should try for August after sophomore year if you're really with it.
 

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You should try for August after sophomore year if you're really with it.
Yeah, I think this is a good tip. If you've got the pre-reqs done, then you should feel comfortable with the MCAT material. This way you're studying during the summer and if you wanna take another shot at it, you can still take it again in the April of your junior year.
 

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i guess the most important thing is to take the MCAT in april of the year you are applying (since you'd apply in the summer). taking the MCAT in august of the year you apply isn't horrible, but many schools won't look at your application until it is complete with your MCAT scores, which is normally in october. that can put you at a disadvantage since other people who took the MCAT in April (or even earlier, like in August of the year before), will have completed applications before you and will probably be reviewed and given an interview earlier than you.

granted, if the rest of your application is solid and you do well on the August MCAT, you should be fine.