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Understanding your MCAT Score
Scoring on the MCAT can be incredibly confusing for the uninitiated. Performance on the test is denoted by a set of five distinct scores. You will receive a separate score for each of the four sections - Chemical and Physical Foundations, Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills, Biological and Biochemical Foundations, and Behavioral Sciences. The individual section scores range from 118 to 132, with a score of 125 being the 50th, or average, percentile. In addition, you will receive an overall total score which is the sum of the four individual section scores, and as such ranges from 472 to 528, with a score of 500 representing the 50th percentile, or average of all test takers. As a side note, there is no guessing penalty on the MCAT, so you should be sure to mark an answer for each question when taking the exam.
Getting Your MCAT Score Results
You will receive your MCAT score results approximately one month after you sit for the exam. The AAMC publishes score release dates alongside each test date, so you can know exactly when your scores will be available.
If you do plan on taking the MCAT again, make sure that you will have time to devote to a structured study plan. The last thing you want to do is retake the exam without any additional preparation; that could introduce an unnecessary expenditure of money, time, and stress into your life—only to defeat the initial and sole purpose of raising your score.
In fact, since medical schools see all your scores, you will want to show a marked improvement from one MCAT administration to the next. If you didn’t fully commit to your study plan before, learn from your previous attempt and focus on really improving your study habits and discipline. Remember—it’s only temporary.
- What is the MCAT?
- What is on the MCAT?
- What are the MCAT sections?
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (Chem/Phys)
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (Bio/Biochem)
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (Psych/Soc)
- What is a good MCAT score?
- MCAT Test Dates & Registration
- Understanding your MCAT Score