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Which MCAT to take?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by wander, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. wander

    wander Senior Member
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    Mar 22, 2002
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    When do you apply to medical school? and when do you start if accepted? Is it better to take the april MCAT or August?
  2. Trek

    Trek Grand Uranium Member
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    Aug 23, 2001
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    Conventional wisdom says take the April test, but many here have done well with the August exam. I would say take April just so you can apply earlier. In the future it'll probably be a bigger advantage than it was this cycle. Good luck. --Trek
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  3. mpp

    mpp SDN Moderator
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    Jan 17, 2001
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    Medical schools in the U.S. run like other schools. The school year begins in the fall (for some schools this means early August others late September). You generally apply the summer or fall of the year prior to the year you wish to start medical school.

    The MCAT is given in April and August. It takes about 6 weeks to get scores back, so score for the April test are returned in June, for the August test in October.

    Typcially the schools will not consider your application until they receive the MCAT scores. Many schools use rolling admissions which means they accept people throughout the admissions cycle which also means that typically the early you submit your completed application, the better chance you have of getting in. That is why the August test can be seen as a disadvantaged as compared with the April test.

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