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What’s a good MCAT score?

What MCAT score do you need? When considering your MCAT score goal (in 2017’s competitive admissions cycle), it’s always a good idea to look at the requirements or minimums (if any) at the schools to which you’re applying. To start, though, here is what you need to know about your MCAT score:

Each of the four sections of MCAT is scored between 118 and 132, with the mean and median at 125. This means the total score ranges from 472 to 528, with the mean and median at 500. Why such odd numbers? The AAMC stresses that this scale emphasizes the importance of the central portion of the score distribution, where most students score (around 125 per section, or 500 total), rather than putting an undue focus on the high end of the scale.

The AAMC utilizes the whole scoring scale on the exam. Unlike the previous MCAT (administered prior to 2015), the new exam gives a measurable proportion of students the top score of 528.  The AAMC has released an initial correlation between scaled score and percentile:

 

BEST SCORES
BETTER SCORES

Competitive Scores

These scores will put you in a highly competitive place in admissions (top 25% of all test takers)

MCAT Total Score: 508-513

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 127-128

Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 127-128

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 127-128

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 127-128

GOOD SCORES

Less Competitive Scores

These scores put you ahead of the pack (50%+), but won’t be as advantageous when applying to highly competitive programs

MCAT Total Score: 500-507

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 125-126

Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 125-126

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 125-126

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 125-126

BELOW AVERAGE SCORES

Below Average Scores

These scores may be enough to get into a certain medical schools, but will be below average compared to the testing population

MCAT Total Score: 499 or below

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 124 or below

Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 124 or below

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 124 or below

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 124 or below

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MCAT by the Numbers

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Many factors affect your med school application, and each will help decide whether you’re admitted or rejected. Your MCAT score is just one part of your candidacy. Your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, research, interviews, and personal essays will all contribute to your acceptance into your dream school.