Is August too late to take the MCAT

Is August too late?

Is August too late to take the MCAT? I would’ve taken it earlier but it was really the only week this summer that would work. I’m planning on submitting my medical school application as soon as I get my scores… I just want to make sure the schools will be seeing my application in time for it to be competitive.


It seems as though you don’t have much of a choice. That being said, whether August is too late to take the MCAT is determined by the school where you are applying. So what do they say?  If you had to take the MCAT earlier and did poorly as a result, then it does you no good anyway.  All I can say is make your test count. Ideally you still submitted your application in June before your exam (without your scores)—then once your scores are available they will be uploaded to your application and then to the medical schools you designate. But you may not want to halt your MCAT prep to do this (if it will truly affect you), so do what works best for you.  If you planned accordingly, then hopefully you thought of this and had this accounted for.

Robyn Zangla
Test Prep Specialist
The Princeton Review
RZangla at

Here are some additional questions and resources as  you consider your MCAT prep. This is a time to get serious and give some intensive focus to the task at hand. Your MCAT score will define you in untold ways in the months ahead:

—MCAT books: Review of Kaplan, Princeton Review, Examkrackers and Berkeley Review

—What’s a good GPA/MCAT combo for acceptance to medical school?

—Kaplan or Princeton Review for best MCAT prep course?

—A comprehensive list of MCAT prep books in 2017

—MCAT CBT’s: best of the bunch

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