As the medical school application season warms up, many students are debating whether or not they should retake the MCAT. The decision to retake or not to retake depends on many factors that vary from student to student.

Before you retake the MCAT Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Is my MCAT score reflective of my skills? If you feel that you didn’t put the required time or effort into studying for the MCAT, the answer is probably no. If you just studied from a textbook or test-prep materials but didn’t take a class, there’s a good chance that you can do better next time you sit for the MCAT.  Also, if you have been struggling with standardized exams for a while, something is missing here

2. What are my target schools looking for?  Check the specific stats of each program to see where you fall. Contrary to what applicants often think, having an MCAT score that’s the same as the average score of your target school doesn’t mean you’ll get an interview or get in – it will just be one less factor for the admissions team to deliberate about.

3. What was the breakdown of my MCAT? If you scored lower than 8 in any given section (even if your total score is above 30), this could be a red flag.

4. What is my overall med school application like? Consider your BCPM GPA. If you didn’t do so well in your Biology class and your MCAT Biology score is low, the school will be worried about your ability to perform in the demanding biology class at medical school.

5. Any special circumstances?  If English is not your native langue, if you have learning disabilities (and can provide documentation to prove it), or if you are coming from an underrepresented minority, the schools will be evaluating your MCAT score in that context.

6. Do I have time to study this summer? Did you already schedule an internship or are you planning to take some classes? There’s no point in retaking the MCAT if you won’t have enough time to study and improve your score, or might even get a lower one.

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