How is the MCAT scored?

The MCAT tests your competency in natural, social and behavioral sciences, solving scientific problems, and in critical analysis and reasoning. You will receive five scores from your MCAT exam: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.

Section Scores: Each section will be scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Receiving a 125 score would equate to the 50th percentile which means that approximately 1/2 of the test takers got a score of 125 or less. Test takers will receive scores for each of the four sections.

  1. Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  2. Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  3. Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
  4. Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Total Score: Scores for the four sections are combined to create a total score. The total score ranges from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500.

What does the MCAT score report show?

It is important to understand your score report so you know which programs you qualify for, or if you need to retake the exam. Your MCAT score report will contain the following components.

Percentile Ranks: The percentile ranks provided on your score report show the percentages of test takers who received the same scores or lower scores on the exam than you did.  They show how your scores compare to the scores of other examinees.

Confidence Bands: Shows the accuracy of your section and total scores. Confidence bands mark the ranges in which your “true scores” likely lie. Confidence bands help signal the inaccuracy of test scores and are intended to discourage distinctions between applicants with similar scores.

Score Profiles: Shows your strengths and weaknesses across all four sections of the exam. This section of the score report can be used to help you determine areas to focus on, should you decide to retake the exam.

Score Longevity

Medical schools generally accept scores dating back two or three years.

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