how many credits should I aim to take the same semester I take the MCAT. I plan to do research that same school semester and was thinking my s hurdle would look like a bio class(4), bio lab(2), ULWR(3), psych elective(3), physics 235 lab(1). Is this 13 credit schedule plus my research/other activities too much to handle when studying?
Although this is 13 credits, along with your other activities, I think this is too much. From what I understand, those who study for the MCAT during the schoolyear are taking 1-3 classes max (somewhere in the realm of 4-10 credits), and usually these are easy non-science electives. I am not saying it cannot be done, but to maximize your chances of getting a good score you need to dedicate a serious amount of time to the MCAT. I think pushing the labs and biology class is a good idea, unless you find them absolutely necessary. The ULWR and Psych elective shouldn’t give you too much trouble but the labs and Biology course might be too demanding on top of those. However, my answer changes slightly if this Bio class is necessary for the MCAT (171,172,225). If it is any of these, I would recommend still pushing off the labs but then replacing either Psych or the ULWR with Bio. Let us know if you have any other questions. Good luck studying!