If you bombed the MCAT you know how terrible of a feeling it is. You feel helpless because you think that there is NO WAY that you can get into medical school now. Bombing the MCAT does shed a dark light on your application, I am not going to disagree with that. But medical schools are actually a lot more forgiving than you think unless you are trying to go to one of the top 10 medical schools in which case I am not sure how forgiving they would be. Nonetheless, you are reading this article for a reason so let’s talk about what happens once you have bombed the MCAT.

You see that dreadful MCAT score and you feel like there is nothing you can do to come back from it. Actually, there is a lot you can do. First thing I would recommend doing is taking a step back and understanding why you got the score you did. Were you doing well on practice tests before the real exam? Or were you doing poorly and thought that taking the test was still a good idea? It could be that you were so nervous that you could not sleep well at night and you just did not have enough energy to take the exam. Really take some time to evaluate what happened not only during the exam but also what it was about your preparation that may have put you at a disadvantage for the exam. If you can understand why you were not able to perform well on the exam and it is something that you can change or work on, then your situation is actually one that you can fix. The reason I say this is because medical schools love seeing students who were able to succeed after a failure. This is not to say that medical schools want you to fail, it just means that medical schools are looking for hardworking students who do not give up.

So if you are in the situation in which you bombed the MCAT and you can figure out why you bombed the MCAT, the answer is relatively easy… study for the MCAT again and do really well. Do no take the MCAT again and raise your score by just 1-2 points and think that is enough. If you are recovering from a poor score, really strive to do a great job on your second try to show medical schools that you can surpass a large obstacle like the MCAT.