Hi! I’m a non-biology major currently in my junior year; I haven’t been able to complete all of my prereqs (1 year Chem w/ lab and OChem) and I was wondering—when would I take the MCAT if I were to take a gap year? Also, would it be realistic to fit Chem and OChem into that gap year—Chem 1 over the summer, Chem 2 Fall, OChem 1 Spring, OChem 2 Summer. Or is that just crazy?
Question 1: If you were going to take a gap year I would advise taking the MCAT your senior year, or basically the spring before you plan to apply. Generally the timeline goes: MCAT in the spring -> apply in the summer -> interview in fall -> celebrate getting in the following spring.
Question 2: Yes. That would be abnormal (crazy) and probably not advisable. If you did that it would mean you would take the MCAT prior to having any chemistry whatsoever. Gen chem is tested pretty hard on the MCAT. O-chem is giving way to biochem, but you will still see it. I just fear that if you have no chemistry experience prior to studying for the MCAT it might affect your score.
That may not have been what you wanted to hear. I wish you the best of luck though.