What Does ‘Ready for Review’ Mean on the AMCAS Application?

If you’re applying to medical school, you may be wondering what the “Ready for Review” status on the AMCAS application means. Here’s a quick explanation.

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Applying to medical school

The Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) “Ready for Review” status on your AMCAS application means that your file is complete and all required materials have been received.

Your med school application is not considered “Ready for Review” until AMCAS has received and verified your:
-Official MCAT score(s)
-Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
-Payment for the AMCAS application fee ($170 for the first school, $40 for each additional school)

Once your application is “Ready for Review,” it will be sent to the Admissions Office at each of the medical schools you’ve selected.

The AMCAS application

The AMCAS application is the first step in applying to medical school for most students. The AMCAS application includes basic information about you and your academic history, as well as space for you to enter your activities and essay.

Once you have completed and submitted your AMCAS application, it will be sent to the schools you have designated as receiving your application. These schools will then “download” your application from AMCAS and begin the review process.

The download process can take a few days, and once your application has been downloaded by a school, the school will automatically receive any updates or changes that you make to your application (such as changes to your essay or activities).

“Ready for review”

The AMCAS application goes through several stages before it is submitted to medical schools. Once you have completed and submitted your application, it will be reviewed by an AMCAS staff member. If everything looks complete and accurate, your application will be marked “ready for review.” This means that it will be sent to the medical schools you have selected.

What does it mean?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam taken by pre-medical students. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers the MCAT to help medical schools select students who are likely to succeed in their programs.

The AAMC’s Medical College Admission Process section of the MCAT website provides information about what ‘Ready for Review’ means on the AMCAS application.

The ‘Ready for Review’ status on your AMCAS application means that your MCAT scores have been released to AMCAS and are now available for medical schools to view. You will see this status once AMCAS has processed your MCAT scores and made them available in your application.

Why is it important?

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the centralized application service for medical schools. Through AMCAS, applicants can submit one application to multiple medical schools. Each school will then receive a copy of the applicant’s AMCAS application.

The ‘Ready for Review’ status on AMCAS indicates that the completed application has been queued for processing and will be sent to the designated schools within 10-15 business days.

How long does it take?

When you submit your AMCAS application, it will go through a verification process. During this time, AMCAS will verify your coursework and GPA, and they will also send your transcripts to the schools you designated. Once this process is complete, your application will be marked as “Ready for Review.”

How long does it take? The verification process can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks. After that, it can take a few more weeks for your application to be sent to the schools you designated. So, in total, it can take up to 12 weeks for your application to be “Ready for Review.”

What does this mean for you? Well, once your application is “Ready for Review,” it means that the schools you applied to can start reviewing your application and they may contact you for an interview. However, just because your application is “Ready for Review” doesn’t mean that the schools you applied to will immediately start reviewing it – some schools may not start reviewing applications until after the deadline has passed.

So, what should you do while you’re waiting for your application to be “Ready for Review?” Start working on those secondary applications!

What if I’m not “ready for review”?

If you are not “ready for review” on the AMCAS application, it means that you have not yet completed all required sections of the application. In order to be “ready for review,” you must:

– Enter coursework information for ALL colleges and universities you have attended, whether or not you received credit
– Indicate whether each course was completed, is in progress, or was withdrawn
– Indicate the grade received or anticipated in each course
– Receive verification from your medical school that your MCAT scores have been received
– Designate the medical schools to which you wish to apply

Tips for getting “ready for review”

Once you have completed and submitted your AMCAS application, it will go through a verification process. After your application has been verified, it will be “ready for review” by the medical schools to which you have applied.

There are a few things you can do to help ensure that your application is “ready for review” as quickly as possible:
-Make sure all of your information is entered correctly and completely before submitting your application. Incomplete or incorrect information will delay the verification process.
-If you need to make any changes to your application after it has been submitted, contact AMCAS as soon as possible. The sooner you notify them of any changes, the sooner they can make the corrections and mark your application “ready for review.”
-If you are taking any courses during the summer, be sure to update your coursework information on the AMCAS website. This will ensure that your application is marked “ready for review” as soon as possible after summer grades are released.
-Get your letters of recommendation sent to AMCAS as soon as possible. The sooner AMCAS receives all required letters, the sooner they can verify your application and mark it “ready for review.”

FAQs

One of the most common questions we get from pre-med students is “what does ‘ready for review’ mean on the AMCAS application?”

Here’s what you need to know: once your application is complete and all of your materials have been received, your application will be marked as “ready for review.” This means that your application will be sent to the schools you’ve designated as receiving schools.

Keep in mind that each school has different admissions timelines, so even though your application may be marked as “ready for review,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the schools you’ve designated will receive your application immediately.

If you have any further questions about the AMCAS application process, we encourage you to contact the schools you’re interested in directly.

Resources

There are a few different types of resources that you can use when you are ready to submit your AMCAS application. The first type of resource is the
Websites that AMCAS endorses. These websites can provide you with helpful information about the medical school application process, including how to fill out your application and what documents you need to submit.

The second type of resource is the AMCAS Application Workshops. These workshops are held in various locations around the country and are designed to help you complete your application. You will have the opportunity to meet with an AMCAS representative, who will answer any questions you have about the application process.

The third type of resource is the AMCAS Application Instructions. These instructions outline the process for completing your application and provide helpful tips on what to include in your personal statement and activities list. You can access these instructions online or request a printed copy from AMCAS.

Once you have gathered all of the resources you need, you should review them carefully before beginning to fill out your application. This will ensure that you understand the process and are able to complete your application correctly.

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