Average National MCAT Scores for 2015

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Average National MCAT Scores for 2015

In 2015, quite a few people out there chose to take the MCAT exam and provide their MCAT scores data for analysis. The AAMC used the scores only from people who tested in April and May of 2015 for these results, however. The AAMC offered this caveat: "After careful analysis of the April and May 2015 scores and based on historic MCAT data, AAMC made adjustmentsso that the distribution of scores reported in these tables reflects the best estimate of the score distribution that would result in a typical testing year.  AAMC carefully developed these adjustments using a wide range of data about past examinees."

For some of you, you'll want to know the MCAT scores for students admitted to the top 10 medical schools in the country; others, will want to see the scores for students admitted to medical schools ranked 11 – 25. For the rest of you, here's where you can compare your scores to a few of those testers who sat for the MCAT in 2015.

Total MCAT Score Information for 2015

  • Mean Overall Score: 500.0
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 528
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 475
     
  • Most Popular Score: 500

 

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems Score Information

Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, one of the sciences sections on the MCAT, tests your scientific inquiry and reasoning skills along with certain foundational concepts such as motion, fluids, electrical currents, light, sub-atomic particles and more. This section seems to consistently come in second as far as difficulty goes.

Here, the mean score on this is an 8.4, which is higher than Verbal, but lower than Biological Sciences.

  • Mean Overall Score: 125
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 132
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 118
     
  • Most Popular Score: 124 followed closely by 127
     

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Score Information

Critical analysis and reasoning tends to trip testers up the most.

The average CARS score is the lowest of the three multiple-choice sections, but not by a lot. Reading comprehension can be difficult! It's imperative to practice with the types of reading comprehension questions you'll see on the MCAT, as you'll need to practice your foundations of comprehension, reasoning within a text, and reasoning beyond a text. 

  • Mean Overall Score: 124.9
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 132
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 118
     
  • Most Popular Score: 125

Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems Score Information

The Biological Sciences section comes in at the same averages as Chemical/Physical Foundations, but more people scored slightly higher here overall. Here, you'll see molecular biology, the body systems, bonds, compounds, etc. How did you do? If you were in the 125 region, then your score is about average.

  • Mean Overall Score: 125
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 132
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 118
     
  • Most Popular Score: 126
     

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Score Information

This test section focuses on foundational concepts such as cognition, the emotional processing of stress, social interactions, class, stratification and more.

Tested scored higher on this section on average than all three of the other sections. 

  • Mean Overall Score: 125.1
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 132
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 118
     
  • Most Popular Score: 126 followed by 124

In 2013, 94,907 people sat for the MCAT. That's around 5,000 more testers than 2012.

Total MCAT Score Information for 2013

  • Mean Overall Score: 25.3
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 42
    Achieved by the top 0.1% or approx. 95 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 5
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1% or approx. 95 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 26 or 27
    Achieved by 12.2% or approx. 11,578 people

Physical Sciences Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.4
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.1% or approx. 95 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1% or approx. 95 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 7
    Achieved by 16.7% or approx. 15,849 people

Verbal Reasoning Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.1
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 14
    Achieved by the top 0.2% or approx. 190 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.8% or approx. 759 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 10
    Achieved by 17.4% or approx. 16,514 people

 

Biological Sciences Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.8
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.6% or approx. 569 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.9% or approx. 854 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 10
    Achieved by 19.8% or approx. 18,792 people

In 2012, there were 89,452 people who sat for the exam over all test dates in all testing locations. That's around 3000 more testers than 2011. 

Total MCAT Score Information for 2012

  • Mean Overall Score: 25.2
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 42
    Achieved by the top 0.1%
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 5
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1%
     
  • Most Popular Score: 26 or 27
    Achieved by 6.1% or approx. 5,456 people

Physical Sciences Score Information

 

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.4
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.1%
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1%
     
  • Most Popular Score: 7
    Achieved by 16.3% or approx. 14,580 people

Verbal Reasoning Score Information

 

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.1
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 14
    Achieved by the top 0.3% or approx. 268 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.8% or approx. 715 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 10
    Achieved by 15.5% or approx. 13,865 people

Writing Sample Score Information

 

  • 50th Percentile: O
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: T
    Achieved by the top 0.4% or approx. 358 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: J
    Achieved by the lowest 0.8% or approx. 716 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: Q
    Achieved by 22.3% or approx. 19,948 people

Biological Sciences Score Information

 

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.8
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.4% or approx. 356 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.8% or approx. 716 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 10
    Achieved by 20.4% or approx. 18,248 people

Total MCAT Score Information for 2011

  • Mean Overall Score: 25.1
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 42
    Achieved by the top 0.1% or approx. 86 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 5
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1%
     
  • Most Popular Score: 26 or 27
    Achieved by 12.4% or approx. 10,686 people

Physical Sciences Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.4
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.1%
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.1%
     
  • Most Popular Score: 7
    Achieved by 15.8% or approx. 13,617 people

Verbal Reasoning Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 7.9
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 14
    Achieved by the top 0.2% or approx. 172 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.8% or approx. 689 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 9
    Achieved by 16.3% or approx. 14,048 people

Writing Sample Score Information

  • 50th Percentile: O
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: T
    Achieved by the top 0.4% or approx. 345 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: J
    Achieved by the lowest 0.9% or approx. 776 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: Q
    Achieved by 22.2% or approx. 19,132 people

Biological Sciences Score Information

  • Mean Overall Score: 8.8
     
  • Highest Overall Achieved Score: 15
    Achieved by the top 0.6% or approx. 517 people
     
  • Lowest Overall Achieved Score: 1
    Achieved by the lowest 0.9% or approx. 776 people
     
  • Most Popular Score: 10
    Achieved by 20.5% or approx. 17,667 people