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What is a Good MCAT Score?

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Once you take the MCAT, you'll no doubt want to know how well you did compared to the rest of the test takers. Take a look at this article to see what kind of score you should aim for when your exam date arrives.

How Do I Know What A Good Score Is?

To start, let's take a look at data from the most recent version of the MCAT, which was released in April 2015. Because of the redesign of the test that was just completed, the Association of American Medical Colleges declares on their site that they don't yet know how to define a 'good' score. That being said, the data available should be a good starting point.

What Are Some Percentiles?

To demonstrate the average test score, we'll start with what is, right now, the middle of the road for the MCAT.

SectionMean Score
Composite500
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems125
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills124.9
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems125
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior125.1

Judging by these numbers, let's consider a 125 'acceptable.' Of course, we're not looking for just okay - we want to get into the upper echelon of test scores. Listed below are the percentiles for a score of 125 on each section:

SectionPercentile Rank for Score of 125
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems55
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills58
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems54
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior55

If we adjust by just two points, we see the following percentile rankings:

SectionPercentile Rank for Score of 127
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems79
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills81
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems77
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior75

With a 127 on each section, you are scoring as well as, or better than, three quarters of test takers between April and May of 2015.

How Can I Score Well?

By investing in Study.com's MCAT Online Review Course, you can maximize your chances of scoring higher than others. Our collection of video review lessons and self-assessment quizzes is an excellent way to practice for the exam.

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