Frequently Asked Questions About Your MCAT Score

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Your MCAT score is huge. It's one of the determiners for your admissions into the medical school of your dreams. Or your second choice, if the school of your dreams happens to be way out of range. But if you're like everyone else, you have some MCAT score questions. What's a good MCAT score? Raw vs. scaled? MCAT score percentiles? There are a ton of questions out there, but luckily, there are just as many answers. Here, you'll find many of your questions in the same place.

How Does MCAT Scoring Work?

Have you ever sat there, wondering to yourself how raw scores are converted to scaled? Or why the test you took in June seemed to be so much easier than the one you took in September, yet you scored a little lower on it? Well, if you haven't, hundreds of other MCAT-takers have! Here, you'll read a little "MCAT Scoring 101" fact sheet, which answers some of those pressing questions and more.

What Do People Make on the MCAT Who Get Into the Top 10 Med Schools?

Perhaps, you're aiming for the top of the heap. You want to get into Harvard Medical School. Or Johns Hopkins. Or UPenn. You're shooting as high as you possibly can because you want the best that money can afford. Are your scores going to be compatible with those who have been accepted? Do you have all the other credentials? Here's a list of the average MCAT scores for those who have secured a spot in one of the top medical schools in the country.

*These are scores from the previous version of the MCAT

What About Schools Ranked 11 – 25?

Stanford. UCLA. NYU. What do some of these schools have in common? They're home to some of the best medical minds in the country. Are your scores good enough to get you into medical schools ranked in the top 25? Check out the averages for Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences, here.

*These are scores from the previous version of the MCAT

What Are the Average National MCAT Scores?

Interested in the current statistics? Of course, you are, you science major, you! Here, you'll find information like the highest overall achieved score in each of the four sections, the lowest overall achieved score, the most popular score, and the average. It's great to get a baseline if you've never tested before.

What If I'm Unhappy With My MCAT Score?

First of all, please remember that most people who take the MCAT are unhappy with their scores right off the bat. Unless it's perfect, MCAT testers think they could've done better. But, what if you're truly unhappy with your score? You stayed up too late the night before, or just didn't prepare yourself well enough. You thought that your pre-med classes were going to be enough to get you the score you wanted. Whatever the reason, you've ended up with a score that you just aren't excited about. If that's you, here's what you can do about it.

What Kind of Scores Can I Expect If I Retake the MCAT?

Let's say you decide to retake the MCAT. Since it's offered so often, it should be an easy thing to do, right? (As long as you don't mind paying the hefty fees). What are your odds that you'll actually do better, even if you've prepared more? What kind of scores are testers making on each section of the MCAT when they've retaken it? Here are the statistics that can help you make an informed decision before you decide to register again.