when do college kids usually take MCAT

<p>question above. and also, is there an advantage to taking it early, like in the first yr of college? there are gifted programs for ppl taking sats early, so are there special prgms for ppl taking mcat early?</p>

<p>Not unless you can do Bio, Chem, Orgo, and Physics each a full year course in your first year. Plus you need tons of time to prepare for it. People usually take it when they are ready. This is not a test like the SAT where you can just take it as many times as you want. 2 is usually the most schools like to see. Any more and they become suspicious.</p>

<p>I'm taking it this August, which is before my junior year. I've finished all of my pre-med requirements, though, and I'd like to get this sucker out of the way before the school year starts. Since I'm shelling out so much money for tuition, I figure that I may as well not limit my course load :D. It seems that most people take the test either before or during their junior year.</p>

<p>Keep in mind the following two things, though. In 2006, they're going to phase out the paper MCAT and shift to only computer-administrated tests. They will apparently offer more testing sessions, so if you're going to be taking the MCAT during or after this period, the context of your decision on when to take the test will be different from what it is now. Also, MCAT scores are only good for 3 years for the application process after you take the test. If you take the MCAT after freshman year and then decide to take two years off after graduation before you apply for medical school, you'll probably have to take the MCAT again, which isn't exactly a recreational activity!</p>

<p>computer based test only?!?! NOOO!!!! lol i ahte computer based test...do you think the scores will be able 2 made avaible much quicker now?</p>

<p>Thats their hope, they hope to have them available within 2 weeks instead of 2 or 3 months.</p>