If you get a 19 on the real thing, then yeah, don't bother applying. 19 on a practice, who cares... just improve by about 10 points
You are going to be fine. I got a 17 on my first Kaplan practice (that shortened version they give you the first day). Use this as motivation and track your progress. Good luck!!
This is very true -- I ended up getting a very similar score on the Princeton review first practice test and ended up doubling it on the real thing without really studying between them. I think they are indeed rigged. Then again... I did have one scary friend who got a 41 on that same practice exam.Also when you say practice test, do you mean the first test given by a major review course? Those things are rigged, a 19 on one of those translates into the high 30s on a real test. Even if it was a real test you have plenty of times to study to get your score up.
with mcat practice and a year to get some clinical experience you could have a very competitive application.
You should plan to apply in Summer 2009 (or later). To apply sooner than that would be foolhardy. Go over to the MCAT board and get some tips on preparing for that test. Get some clinical experience. A year may seem like a long time to wait but it will fly by and you'll be in a better place a year from now in terms of a relatively stress-free cycle (it is stressful to go through a cycle with no interviews or with a couple of late interviews and all waitlists, etc)