What is the MCAT scored out of?

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What is the MCAT scored out of?

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Each of the four sections of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is scored from a 118 (lowest) to a 132 (highest). So an MCAT total score ranges from 472-528.

The MCAT is made up of four sections, each of which is weighted equally in the overall score. The four sections are as follows:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems.
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems.
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
  • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior.

The MCAT is a scaled exam. That means that a test taker's raw score, which is the number of questions s/he answered correctly, is converted to a final score using a conversion that take the questions' level of difficulty into account. Different tests have different levels of difficulty, so the raw score to final score conversion scale will be slightly different from one test administration to the next. Score reports include a percentile rank so that students can see how they did relative to other test takers of the same test. A percentile rank of 50%, for example, means the student did better than 50% of the test takers of the same test.

For more information about the MCAT, check out this article: What prerequisites do I need for the MCAT?.

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