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Your MCAT scores are important in the medical school admissions process. Our MCAT scoring guide aims to provide you with information about how the MCAT exam is scored, what is a good MCAT score and how your GPA and MCAT scores affect your chances of getting accepted to medical schools in the United States and Canada. Note that individual circumstances vary and so students intending to apply to medical school should consult with their premed advisor and explore the website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
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MCAT scores range from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125 for each of the four sections: (1) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; (2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS); (3) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; and (4) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.
This MCAT scoring range follows a 15-point scale. These 4 MCAT scaled scores are combined to create a total score that will range from a lowest possible score of 472 to a highest possible score of 528, with a midpoint of 500.
Achieving the highest possible scaled MCAT score (528) is rare but achievable. Medical school admission committees only use scaled scores to evaluate the MCAT component of the admissions process (not percentage, not percentile)
MCAT score report
The AAMC's MCAT score report will reflect:
1. The scaled score for each of the 4 MCAT sections and the total score
2. Confidence bands that show the ranges where one's true MCAT scores lie
3. Percentile ranks to show how you fared compared to other exam takers (for example, the 80th percentile indicates that your MCAT score is better than 80% of other exam takers)
4. Score profile showing the MCAT score range - from 118 to 132 with a midpoint of 125
For example, a student will have a total MCAT score of 515 after scoring 131 on the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section; 127 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section; 130 on the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section, and 127 on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section. With a total MCAT score of 515, the student's percentile rank is 91%.
Percentile Rank of Score
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
130 🔶 132
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
126 🔶 128
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
129 🔶 131
Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
126 🔶 128
513 🔶 517
MCAT scores release
The MCAT scores for the 2021 MCAT test dates are released 30-35 days after the exam date and at 5 pm of the release date. If you think that there is an error in your score, you may request the AAMC for a rescore.
Your MCAT score in each section is based on the numbers of questions that you answered correctly (note: there is no penalty for wrong answers). Your raw scores from each of the 4 sections of the MCAT will then be converted to scaled scores which are the only scores that interest medical school admissions committees.
Considering that each section of the MCAT exam has different sets of questions and level of difficulty, a student's performance on the MCAT is more likely to be accurately assessed by converting raw scores to scaled scores. The scaled score is reported on a 15-point scale.
There is no simplistic way to convert a percentage to a scaled score. It is a complex calculation that is dependent on the cohort and cannot be replicated with precision for any random practice exam. For example, a 50% raw score (i.e. the percent of correct answers) in a section does NOT represent 125 (a midpoint MCAT scaled score). Consider the table below.
Example of approximate percent correct MCAT score conversion for the Official AAMC MCAT Practice Exam (Scored) 1
Percent Correct Raw Score (approx.)
MCAT Scaled Score with Range (/132)
1. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
2. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills ('MCAT CARS')
3. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
4. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Note: A score of 80% correct for each of the 4 exam subsections translates to an MCAT scaled score of 127, which further underlines the fact that the relationship between percent correct and scaled scores is not straightforward and the changes are not consistent across exam sections (there is a correlation, but they are not proportional). Again, the numbers above only apply to this one exam and cannot be blindly applied to other practice materials. As an example, Gold Standard MCAT practice exams required thousands of student submissions to develop an exam-specific scale score which continues to be adjusted as segments of the cohort's exam preparation improves over the years.
A good MCAT score is 127 out of 132 in any one section, or 508 out of 528 for all 4 sections. The latter represents the average score of students admitted to medical schools nationwide in the 2019 admissions cycle. Of course, an average score is not the same as a minimum score, nor does it provide information about specific medical schools (which we have compiled here).
High, Good and Average MCAT scores
Average, good and high MCAT scores are relative terms and, as such, are dependent on perspective, the cohort and the medical school to which you intend to apply. There is no pass or fail score for the MCAT, there are only scores that are acceptable for specific, individual medical schools. Consider consulting specific medical schools, or their websites or the AAMC for past trends.
Please keep in mind that the percentile rank indicates your test performance relative to all the students who sat the same test on the same day. It records the percentage of students whose scores were lower than yours.
For a summary of the high, good and average MCAT scores acceptable to medical school, see the table below.
Average score acceptable to few medical schools
Average score acceptable for most medical schools
Average score acceptable for Ivy League medical schools
average MCAT score
good MCAT score
high MCAT score
MCAT (max. = 132)
MCAT (max. = 528)
Note: the expression "average score" does not have the same meaning as cutoff or minimum score. Rather it refers to the simple average of students accepted to medical school (historic and predicted averages). Having an acceptable MCAT score in no way guarantees medical school admissions since acceptance is also contingent on GPA and non-academic factors (i.e. personal statement and/or autobiographical material, letters of reference, and the medical school interview).
* percentile does not refer to the percent, which relates to the ratio of correct answers to the total number of questions. The percentile rank records the percentage of students whose scores were lower than yours. Percentile ranks are not used as medical school admissions criteria. Only the scaled score matters for medical school admissions.
** This assumes that current percentile rank predictions for the current MCAT are accurate (see link below) and that medical schools will choose to use MCAT scores in a similar manner to what they have been doing over the last 'generation' of MCAT exams/scores. This may or may not be the case. Because of the new scoring scale and data showing high rates of successful medical school matriculation and USMLE success even with average MCAT scores, some programs may choose to be more open to the middle of the scale while emphasizing other aspects of the admissions process. It is not possible to predict which medical schools would agree to give equal weight to the one section of the new MCAT which has no old MCAT equivalent: Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior. But, early data from the AAMC has shown that scores from the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section are valuable in the medical student selection process because they predict one's performance in courses that have behavioral and social sciences content. To view the validity studies of this MCAT section as well as the comparison of grades and scores between the old and the new MCAT exam, click here: MCAT Psychology and Sociology validity research. For percentile rank predictions and other details, read this 28-page MCAT scores guide from the AAMC. For the latest percentile ranks, read MCAT Score Percentiles for 2020-2021
Medical School Admissions Data Based on MCAT Scores
The higher rates of admissions with higher MCAT scores are nothing new. However, it is of value to note that a score of 500 has a rate of admissions just over 20% and lesser scores may still result in admissions. Conversely, an exceptional score (above 517) does not guarantee medical school admissions.
The following graphic provides an approximation as to how your 4 MCAT scores - as well as your overall MCAT score - breaks down to the broad range of question types.
Of special note:
the importance of Biology and Biochemistry;
the importance of Psychology and Sociology (although, only time will tell to what degree medical schools will accept this new section with equal weight to the other three more established MCAT sections);
the continued importance of 'Verbal Reasoning' (CARS);
and finally, note that the 'non-science' aspect to your current MCAT score is not exactly 50% because one of the non-science MCAT sections also contains Biology (5%).
You can take the MCAT up to three times in a single testing year, up to four times in two consecutive-year period and up to seven times in your lifetime.
Number of Times Permitted to Take the MCAT
Single testing year
Up to 3 times
Two consecutive-year period
Up to 4 times
Up to 7 times
Note: A voided exam and a 'no show' are counted as attempts in taking the exam. There is no required waiting period before you can retake the MCAT. But you may be able to register for a new MCAT date 48 hours after your exam day.
To determine if you should retake the MCAT, know the average MCAT score required by the medical school of your choice as well as their acceptance rates. If your score is competitive, the focus might not be on the need to retake the MCAT. You may need to evaluate your medical school interview, or autobiographical materials, or possibly your GPA. If your GPA is low, you may benefit from additional undergraduate or graduate studies (consult your premed advisor for additional insight), or you may benefit from a higher MCAT score.
If you have multiple MCAT scores because you have taken the MCAT more than once, the medical school to which you would apply may do any one of the following:
Evaluate the most recent score
Evaluate only the highest individual and/or set of scores
Evaluate an average of the sets of scores
Consider all scores equally and note the improvements
Contact the medical schools to which you intend to apply to determine how they would handle your multiple MCAT scores. Also, please note that many medical schools do not accept MCAT exam scores that are more than three years old. Review the AAMC's guide in using MCAT data in the 2021 medical student selection.
In addition to your MCAT score, admissions committees consider other factors in your medical school application including your GPA, personal and academic experiences, demographics, medical school interview, letters of evaluation or recommendation, and personal statement.
Medical school admissions calculator based on GPA and MCAT score
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Note: Individual circumstances may vary. Past patterns do not guarantee future admissions patterns. This webpage does not collect nor try to collect any personally identifiable data.
* To properly interpret the results of the medical school admissions calculator, keep in mind the following: (1) these are average statistics based on US rates of medical school admissions in the last 5 years as published online by the AAMC; (2) the above does not reveal the variations between specific universities or colleges: keep in mind that individual medical schools may be significantly more or less competitive than others; (3) as previously explained, it is unclear if medical schools will use new MCAT scores in the same way in the future as they have done in the past. The calculation above is based on the assumption that cumulative MCAT scores will continue to be used in a similar manner as recent history which may or may not be the case; (4) The overall statistical chance of admissions to medical school, though correlates best with numerical achievement in recent history, also varies based on personal experience. Such experience is transmitted through various tools of the admissions process. This non-academic part of medical school admissions can be revealed through your Personal Statement, letters of reference and the medical school interview. Consult your premed advisor and the admissions information for the specific medical schools which interest you to determine the weight given to the different aspects of the admissions process, as well as the cutoff and/or average GPA/MCAT scores for each medical school to which you intend to apply.