Average MCAT Scores

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MCAT scoring changed when a new version of the exam debuted in April 2015. In this article, you'll learn about average scores for the different sections of the exam as well as overall.

Average Scores on the MCAT

Instead of MCAT scores ranging from 3 to 45 (based on the sum of three sections each totaling 1 to 15), MCAT scores now go from 472 to 528, with each of the new exam's four sections ranging between 118 and 132. Average scores for these sections based on data collected in April and May 2015 are shown below:

  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 125.1
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 125.0
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: 124.9
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 125.0

The mean composite score for the revised MCAT is 500.0, with a standard deviation of 10.6. A score of 500 falls within the 51st percentile.

How the MCAT is Scored

Your correct responses are added up to you give you a 'raw score' for each of the four sections of the test. There are no penalties for marking an incorrect answer so you should always make an educated guess rather than leave the question blank. This will increase your chances of scoring well. Your raw scores are then converted to scaled scores on a 15-point scale to account for slight differences between tests.

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