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    Apply now with less impressive MCAT or wait for Jan 2013 MCAT

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    Hi, everyone! I tried to ask this over at SDN and someone was really nice in their reply but clearly was confused by anything that's not U.S. Allopathic I'm a little confused right now about what to do: I'm planning on applying to AUC (and SGU) and have a 3.0 undergrad cum and 3.5 graduate with a 23 MCAT from about 4 years ago (I was in an accelerated program and took it about 1 year into undergrad) .. this isn't a "what are my chances question," rather whether I would be better off applying now with that MCAT score for the January or May dates (just so see if I get in, because you never know), or should I wait until I take the Jan 2013 MCAT, get a better score, and then apply for the May/September dates? Meaning, would I be hurting my chances by applying with this so-so score? If you're denied, would you have to do the whole process again, meaning new LOR too? Or can you just "update" your application with the new score and be eligible for candidacy in the next semester? I hope this makes sense, thank you in advance!!

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    I think you should apply.
    Usually January and May classes are less competitives. If you apply now and are accepted, good for you. If not, just redo the MCAT and reapply.

    With your actual figures, you still have a chance AUC. SGU not sure.

    You have nothing to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sohiov View Post
    Hi, everyone! I tried to ask this over at SDN and someone was really nice in their reply but clearly was confused by anything that's not U.S. Allopathic I'm a little confused right now about what to do: I'm planning on applying to AUC (and SGU) and have a 3.0 undergrad cum and 3.5 graduate with a 23 MCAT from about 4 years ago (I was in an accelerated program and took it about 1 year into undergrad) .. this isn't a "what are my chances question," rather whether I would be better off applying now with that MCAT score for the January or May dates (just so see if I get in, because you never know), or should I wait until I take the Jan 2013 MCAT, get a better score, and then apply for the May/September dates? Meaning, would I be hurting my chances by applying with this so-so score? If you're denied, would you have to do the whole process again, meaning new LOR too? Or can you just "update" your application with the new score and be eligible for candidacy in the next semester? I hope this makes sense, thank you in advance!!
    Have you considered DO at all? Your MCAT is pretty low for it, but if you retake it in Jan and get >26 (very doable from where you currently are), you'd be in a much better position to apply for those programs. If you do even better (e.g. 30+) then I would even throw in some lower tier MD programs. Think about it, it may save you a good deal of grief in the future.

    As far as the carib programs go, apply now, but indicate you are planning on retaking the MCAT. If you get rejected, worst case scenario you apply again. If you are so worried about the letters and reapplying, why don't you save a copy of your application, and use a letter sending service like Interfolio ($40 for 3 year subscription), that way if you need to reapply, it will be as easy as reentering data and telling interfolio to send out one of your letters. That way, your letter writers only need to send one letter (to Interfolio) and you can use it for all US MD/DO programs as well as AUC and SGU.

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    Thank you for the replies! I'm currently in the process of applying for D.O. as well, so I guess I'll just take the Jan MCAT and update my current application, assuming they haven't denied me already. I only asked about AUC/SGU because I figured my best chance right now (the only certainty, I suppose) would be something in the Caribbean, and as I've had various family members go there in the past few years and land good residencies, I'm not too turned off by it being where I end up if I don't get accepted anywhere in the U.S.

    Thanks again!

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    You should forgo taking the MCAT again. You are in good shape for a January matriculation.

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