MCAT Score Release Schedule

Instructor: Melinda Santos
After taking the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), it may take a little over a month before you see your results. Use the chart below to determine when your scores will be released and how to interpret the results.

Score Release Schedule for the MCAT

MCAT test takers can log on to the Association of American Medical Colleges website approximately 30-35 days after taking the exam to view their scores. Find your exam date below to determine when your score will be released.

Exam Date (2016) Date Score Will Be Released (2016)
January 22 and January 23February 23
April 1May 3
April 23May 24
May 6June 7
May 14June 14
May 20June 21
June 2July 6
June 18July 19
July 8 and July 9August 9
July 22August 23
August 4 and August 5September 7
August 19 and August 20September 20
August 25September 27
September 1October 4
September 9 and September 10October 12

Your scores will be automatically sent to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Scores can be sent to non-AMCAS institutions through the AAMC Score Reporting System.

How to Interpret Your Score

Your MCAT score report will help you understand your level of readiness for medical school. This same information will be used by admissions committees when reviewing your application. The score report lists scoring information for each of the four sections of the exam and a combined total score. Categories on the report include:

  • Exam Section: All four sections of the test are listed in this column.
  • Actual Score: Raw scores for each section are converted to a 118 to 132 scaled score, with 125 as the midpoint. The total score for all sections is on a 472 to 528 scale with a midpoint of 500. Scores are scaled to account for variations in test questions. Your converted score for each section of the exam is listed in this column.
  • Confidence Bands: This scoring range indicates where your exact score likely falls after factoring in the total of all your scores and the accuracy of that section of the exam. This portion of the score report is meant to remind test takers of the minor inaccuracies that prevail in standardized testing.
  • Percentile Rank of Score: These percentages illustrate your ranking among peers who took the same version of the exam as you.
  • Score Profile: This graph is used to help you identify your strong areas versus your weak areas, so you know which sections need further review if you choose to take the exam again.

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