Should I take the MCAT before asking for LORs?

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I am preparing my LORs now but I will be taking my mcat April 18th, 2009 and applying June 1, 2009. Should I wait until I get my results in before asking for my LORs or can I go ahead and do that now?


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You can do that now. Most letter writers would appreciate a resume, transcript, and possible personal statement. Its not their place to ask how you did on the MCAT or request that information.


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You want to give your writers as much time as possible to craft their letters. So definitely ask before April. The longer you wait, the greater the chance that a letter will either be hastily written or late and delay you application.

Plus, if these people know you well, your MCAT score shouldn't really affect their overall opinion of you.
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Definitely ask early and often for letters. Your recommenders WILL forget.

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LORs are more about your performance in school & character references. The MCAT isn't necessary. Give your writers plenty of time & the info Bacchus mentioned and you should be just fine.


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I agree, ask for them ASAP! They held up my application this year. Also depending on who they are some will want your MCAT score but go ahead and at least get the ball rolling and ask them early. Then the ones who want your MCAT score first go ahead and just update them when you have it.
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