Medical School Application and MCAT Schedule
If my friend takes his MCAT in September 2011 and then sends in his medical school application in June 2012 will he be able to start medical school in Fall 2012?
Also, should he submit his medical school application in June or does he have other months where he can submit his medical school application?
If your friend takes the MCAT in September 2011 and submits his application in June 2012 he will start medical school in Fall 2013. It takes approximately a year to apply to medical school.
When applying to medical schools he will want to submit his application early i.e. June, July, and August at the latest...your chances of acceptance improve the earlier you apply to medical school.
Also, if your friend wants to start medical school in Fall 2012, he needs to take his MCAT much sooner than September 2011, he should attempt to take his MCAT in the Spring of 2011 or at the latest early in the Summer 2011 because it takes approximately 30 days to receive your MCAT score(s).
When it comes to timing your MCAT knowing that it takes 30 days to receive your score, take the test by early May at the latest because if you do not get the score you want, you still have time to retake the test and apply in the same application cycle. The medical schools will see that you have designated a future MCAT score on your application so they will be aware that new scores will be coming.
Finally, many applicants wait to submit their medical school application until they receive their MCAT scores and you do not have to do this, unless you are unsure if you want to apply depending on the MCAT score you obtain. Otherwise, while awaiting your MCAT result go ahead and apply to medical school early in June/July so that your application can be received by the medical schools. In this way, the medical schools will simply put your application aside until they have your MCAT score, this is much preferred as opposed to waiting until you get your MCAT score before applying.