Should I take my MCAT after second year?

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  1. Somethingmore

    Somethingmore Inexperienced Sophomore

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    Hi there,

    I just finished my first year of University, and I'm heading into a Biology and Physics program next year (but I will still be taking orgo). My first year GPA was around 3.1, but I really slacked off and skipped A LOT of classes, and I know that if I put a stronger effort next year I can pull of a 3.7 or higher. Assuming I pull up my GPA, is it worth taking my MCAT after second year? Here's what I see as the pro and con of such a choice:

    Pro:
    - If I don't do well, I can take it again after third year and still go straight to medical school after finishing my undergrad. This is better as compared to taking it a second time after 4th year and doing nothing useful for the year after my degree is completed, just waiting for med schools to make their decision.

    Con:
    - The way my degree is planned out, I will have to take Cell Biology and Comparative Animal Physiology in my third year. If I take my MCAT after second year, I will have to study this stuff with MCAT prep resources and WITHOUT previous course background. It's a lot easier to review content than learn it from scratch. And looking at my sis' MCAT prep materials, it seems that cell biology and physiology make up a lot of the content covered on the MCAT.

    So what do you guys think?

    Thanks
     
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  3. justapremed

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    you double-posted!
     
  4. Somethingmore

    Somethingmore Inexperienced Sophomore

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    Yeah, sorry... how do you delete this post?
     
  5. Caesar

    Caesar In Memory of Riley Jane
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    I would take it after junior year.

    Mod please move to MCAT forum.
     
  6. Jolie South

    Jolie South is invoking Domo. . .
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    Closing this thread as it is crossposted in MCAT Discussions. Users wishing to respond to the OP may do so over there.
     
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