Retaking a 505- what do I do about secondaries?

stormcloakdoctor

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    I just received my score back today, a 505 (126/126/124/129).

    I scheduled to retake August 1st knowing I can definitely do better this time around. Since we're going to receive secondaries July 10th (3 days), how should I distribute my time? Study for the MCAT while completing secondaries?

    I'm going to indicate that I plan to retake the MCAT so that they don't prematurely review my application- but I fear that filling out secondaries will take away time from studying for the MCAT. Should I reschedule the test a bit later?

    sGPA: 3.95, cGPA: 3.97.

    Thanks.
     
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      No, just one so far. Should I not apply to the others till I get the second score back? Thought that'd put me at a disadvantage.

      You are at a greater disadvantage if you re-take the MCAT and get the same (or worse!) score.
      Do not re-take until you are confident of a score even better than needed. The AAMC recommends that we average scores...
      If 505 is likely to result in an interview at the schools to which you plan to apply, go ahead with the ap now. If not, stop.

      Schools are not required to wait for a pending MCAT to make a decision on your ap. Do not apply until you have the second score. Subsequent applications will upload within a business day once your transcripts have been verified (by the first, earlier submission).
       
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        You are at a greater disadvantage if you re-take the MCAT and get the same (or worse!) score.
        Do not re-take until you are confident of a score even better than needed. The AAMC recommends that we average scores...

        Schools are not required to wait for a pending MCAT to make a decision on your ap. Do not apply until you have the second score. The applications will upload within a business day.

        I see. Thank you.
         
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          You are at a greater disadvantage if you re-take the MCAT and get the same (or worse!) score.
          Do not re-take until you are confident of a score even better than needed. The AAMC recommends that we average scores...
          If 505 is likely to result in an interview at the schools to which you plan to apply, go ahead with the ap now. If not, stop.

          Schools are not required to wait for a pending MCAT to make a decision on your ap. Do not apply until you have the second score. Subsequent applications will upload within a business day once your transcripts have been verified (by the first, earlier submission).

          Sorry- so just to clarify, don't send any other schools my primary application until I get the second score back.

          Or are you saying I should send my primary application to all the schools I intend to apply to, but NOT complete their secondaries until I get the score back?
           

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            Sorry- so just to clarify, don't send any other schools my primary application until I get the second score back.
            Yes, do not add more schools until you know your second score! One is more than enough.
             
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