After getting your MCAT score back, if you missed the mark you set by even just a little bit or unfortunately a lot, you're likely wondering if you should retake the MCAT.
You're not alone. A lot of top MCAT scorers felt the same way when they wrote the MCAT the first time and got a disappointing score. How do we know?
We've researched and interviewed hundreds of top MCAT scorers over the last several years with the sole purpose of figuring out how they studied for the MCAT, what strategies they used, how they scheduled their prep, and more.
Now we bring all those insights to you and other premeds in the MCAT Mastery Community who want to increase their scores quickly.
We know that getting your MCAT score back marks the end of one of the biggest hurdles to achieving your med-school dream. For some, it's not a clear cut answer if the hurdle has truly ended.
We get that struggle. Some of us at MCAT Mastery faced it ourselves.
Andrew Mannisto for example (an MCAT Mastery tutor), almost gave up his doctor dream after his first MCAT. He made his second MCAT attempt three years later and killed it with a 21 point score increase. You can read his story here after you're done reading this article.
Last year, AAMC data reported that 24% of MCAT takers took the test more than once from 2015-2017. After all, medical school admission greatly relies on your GPA and MCAT score.
To make the best call, we recommend taking the following steps and asking the following questions. We'll explain each one in depth.