Figured I'd throw this out here and hopefully get a better perspective from you all... Here's my situation: I graduated from college 2010. Joined an Americorps program (non-healthcare related) for a year. The long hours that I worked really hindered me from efficiently studying for the MCAT. Took my first one in April 2011 and got a 28P (8BS, 11VR, 9PS). Have a high GPA and a research-heavy resume (3.9, 1 first author publication) so I went ahead and applied one of my state schools (VCU) and got put on their wait list for the 2012 cycle. In the meantime, I felt it best to start up my applications again and re-take the MCAT. Though it's been a year since I picked up an MCAT book and I'm currently doing a health-related internship in San Francisco that goes until the end of June. Might have to take the test in August to give myself the time to refresh everything. Is there any advantage in submitting my AMCAS application early with my 28P? If I were to take an August MCAT, won't adcoms simply wait until I get my scores back before evaluating my application? Also, I've been in California for almost two years now. I'm debating as to whether I should apply as a California resident this time around. I know that California schools are tough to get into no matter what your residency but they do at least offer some preference to in-state applicants. The only state school back in Virginia that I would consider going to is VCU and they are pretty OOS friendly (60/40 = IS/OOS). Of course, this would only be if were to take the MCATs again. Any thoughts or perspectives would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!