I read some journal articles referenced from the amcas website concerning the MCAT. Two findings seemed very interesting to me. 1. Students that take the August MCAT seem to get less questions right per se to get a higher scaled score. This fact is attributed to the BEST students electing not to retake the exam in august and retake students scores remaining essentially the same on subsequent tests. Of course the assumption is that the silver lining would hold most water for the first time test taker. Also, The belief that students score higher in the summer because they have more time is a fallacy. Fact is that Competition(bell curve) is less cut throat for the summer MCAT. 2. Verbal section on the MCAT seems to have the most weight of all the sections since it is the most postively correlated to actual clinical skills mastery. One can argue that the biological section should be the most important, however, the exam is for entering the medical field, not one for a PHD in genetics or physiology. The old adage, "the art of medicine" rather than medicine being an exact science holds true.