What is considered a late MCAT date with COVID-19?

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Now that the scheduling issue from AMCAS has resolved, I was wondering what a "late" MCAT date would be for this cycle? I know people suggest taking the MCAT by the beginning of June, but if you're applying this cycle would a July or August MCAT still be ok with everything happening?
 
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I don't think anyone can give you a correct answer on this, even adcoms. If you take the MCAT in June, you should be the earliest possible.

Whether that will make any difference this cycle is anyone's guess.
 

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apps get sent to the schools July 10, I believe. If you take the MCAT July 1 with a 2 week turnaround for scores, you are still pretty early as long as you have already submitted your app. I think people taking the MCAT in July will still be fine. I think August is where I would start to get worried.
 
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apps get sent to the schools July 10, I believe. If you take the MCAT July 1 with a 2 week turnaround for scores, you are still pretty early as long as you have already submitted your app. I think people taking the MCAT in July will still be fine. I think August is where I would start to get worried.
my mcat is scheduled for july 23 should i look into moving it up?
 

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my mcat is scheduled for july 23 should i look into moving it up?
I think it's more important to take the MCAT when you're ready. A lower score submitted early is not better than a good score submitted decently on time. July 23rd is not late in my opinion. I think this cycle, taking the test in August is fine. It's not early, but you're not terribly late either. If you feel that you are at a plateau and would get the same score regardless of when you take the test, then I would suggest moving it up. But if that's the difference between a 508 and a 515, better to just keep your current date and get the 515.
 
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Is there a reason the expedited scores stop after Aug 1st? If they're expedited Aug 1st, I don't see a reason why they couldn't be expedited Aug 7, 8, etc. Would really help those who might need a re-take after July...

My guess is they don't want to deal with a late cycle as much as possible. Considering lots of cities were still able to carry out May 29th & are proceeding with June 5th exams, they expect a 2 month span with now 3 exams per test day + a few additional dates to be plenty
 

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in past years before Covid, plenty of Adcoms have mentioned as long as your App is submitted by Labor Day, you should be gucci. Does this mean, this year, your app can come later and still be ok? That I don't know, but I assume so. But don't think just because you don't submit your application in June you will automatically be considered late. I see that said by alot of premeds which is not true at all.
 

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With some brief discussions with other adcoms on here, we roughly estimate that mid to late Sept would still be early at most schools and I would say that mid October is sill fine for most candidates at most programs. You dont get into medical school because you are you are first or even “early” especially tjos cycle. You get in because you are good. Rushing an MCAT before you are ready is a way to screw up your chances
 
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