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I'm getting ready to apply this cycle, and just re-took the Mcat on 5/31. On my first attempt I got a 31. I took this one much more seriously and have averaged in the high 30's on my practice tests. If I submit my application on June 5th, how will my new Mcat score be submitted to the specific schools? Could it possibly hinder me for them to get my application with the 31 Mcat first, and then get my new score after they have already reviewed my application?

Thanks for any input!
 

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I'm getting ready to apply this cycle, and just re-took the Mcat on 5/31. On my first attempt I got a 31. I took this one much more seriously and have averaged in the high 30's on my practice tests. If I submit my application on June 5th, how will my new Mcat score be submitted to the specific schools? Could it possibly hinder me for them to get my application with the 31 Mcat first, and then get my new score after they have already reviewed my application?

Thanks for any input!

Here is how your timeline will work:
- Submit June 5th
- Verified sometime before AMCAS gets submitted to schools
- AMCAS submits your application to schools June 29th
- Some of your secondaries will automatically come on June 29th, most won't
- MCAT scores released on July 3rd, just several days after you get your first secondary

As you can see, the time you start getting your first secondaries is about the same time as your scores come out, so this will have no impact in terms of time. As NickNaylor said above, the schools that don't send out auto-secondaries will not screen your application until your new scores come in. Also, your application won't be reviewed thoroughly until you submit secondary fees and essays.

Your only concern is that if you get unlucky with your MCAT and score low, there is nothing you can do about it at this point. An option commonly used is to apply to 1 school on June 5th for verification purposes, and then add the rest once the MCAT score comes out and is satisfactory.
 
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