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I don't want to have a gap year after my senior year and would like to transition straight into med school after my senior year of undergrad. So if someone could please give me their input it would be great:
Is it better to take the MCAT in January of my Junior year or May of my Junior year? At first I though it might be a good idea to take it in January because I will be able to study for it over the summer casually (not rigorous studying) and then I can take a lighter course load in the fall of my junior year which would allow my ample time to study for the MCAT. But, from what I am seeing, my older friends are all taking it in May of their Junior year. This alternative can also work out as I can just take a lighter course load in the spring of my junior year and study then, but I won't have the summer right before that semester. What do you think is better?
Also, is it true that if I DO take the MCAT in May, then applying for med schools will be more hectic because the deadline is very near after taking the MCAT?