Hello, This past cycle, I applied first-time with a 9,10,10 Q and a 3.7 undergrad GPA, but was taking an extra year to do a few prerequisites (so I graduated in 2006, but took 2006-2007 to take a few prerequisites). I've been waitlisted, and don't know if I should reapply for Fall 2008 entry or Fall 2009 entry because of the following: 1) my MCAT has expired, and if I'm going to take this again, I'm going to take it in August so that I absolutely get a higher mark. Option 1: If I take it in August (I don't feel that I'll be prepared earlier), that means that I won't get my mark until September (and I have to wait for my MCAT in order to submit the primary application), and thus I can't reapply until September 2007. If I do have late applications for Fall 2008 entry, what kind of MCAT score do I need so that I get interviews? Option 2: Just write the MCAT this August, go to grad school for 2 years, and apply again for Fall 2009 entry. (Besides writing the MCAT earlier, which I'm not really considering) What other options should I consider? Question 2: For Fall 2007, I want to get a Master Public Health b/c this will be my backup incase I never get into med school. But I've been told that I should do do a Masters Science, in which I may make some contacts with people in med school. Or I could work for a year. Given that my GPA is good, would admissions look negativity at my application if I do an MPH or work (rather than do something involving basic sciences)? One final question: given what mentioned above, I need to figure out what is going wrong. Here are a few reasons my application process wasn't great. Would somebody be able to give me an idea of which follies had the greatest impact on my being waitlisted (I think rejected probably): 1) I applied to secondaries in Sept-Nov 2) My MCAT was 29 3) In my extra year, I didn't really do much worth noting in terms of research/extracurricular (in truth, I wanted to make sure I did well in Physics and Orgo, I've been looking at PhD programs/backup plans, but of course I didn't mention this). Does this have a negative impact on my application, or is it common to drop alot of extracurriculars/research if taking an extra year?