What is a Good MCAT Score?
Are your MCAT scores good enough to get you into the medical school program of your choice?
A “good” MCAT score is one that puts you near or above the average percentile for matriculants at your target medical schools. For comparison, the average MCAT score for students admitted to an MD program in the United States in 2016 2017 is between 508 and 509, with an average GPA of 3.65-3.75 (Source: AAMC).
Guide to MCAT Scoring
The highest MCAT score possible is a 528. The MCAT scale is centered so that a 500 represents the mean score. AAMC recommends that med school admission committees consider applicants near the center of the range, rather than placing the most emphasis on the higher end of the scale.
MCAT Raw Score
The MCAT is a scaled exam, meaning that your raw score (based on the number of questions you got right) is converted into a scaled score that takes into account the difficulty of the questions.
MCAT Score Range
Each MCAT section is scored on a scale of 118 132 (highest). Your MCAT total score (whch is the sum of your section scores) ranges from 472 528. Because different versions of the test have varying levels of difficulty, the scale will be slightly different from one MCAT administration to the next.
You ll receive a percentile rank along with your MCAT score to help you compare how you did with other test takers. Did you get a percentile rank of 50? You scored higher or equal to 50% of other test takers! The higher your MCAT percentile, the better.
Here are some sample MCAT percentiles from the latest MCAT percentile ranks released by AAMC, effective May 1, 2017 April 30, 2018.