Understanding Your MCAT Scores
How Is The MCAT Scored?The New MCAT Will Have a Different Scoring Scale:
You will receive five scores from your MCAT exam: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.
Section Scores: Each of the four sections--Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills--is scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Test takers will receive scores for each of the four sections.
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.
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Your MCAT score report provides a great deal of information designed to highlight your strengths and weaknesses. Understanding the components of your score report is not only important for you personally, but also because this is the same information that admissions committees will be using to evaluate your readiness for success in the medical school curricula.
Example MCAT Score Report
Percentile ranks show how your scores compare to other examinees who took the new version of the MCAT as you. You will receive percentile ranks for each individual section score and for your overall total score.
Confidence bands show the accuracy of your section and total scores. Similar to the past version of the MCAT exam and other standardized tests, scores from the MCAT exam will not be perfectly precise. Scores can be affected or influenced by many factors. 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 are included to show you 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.
Scores are released approximately 30-35 days after each test day. Please see the 2015 Score Release Schedule for the tentative release dates for each exam. Scores are released by 5 p.m. ET on release days.
If you take the exam in April 2015 or May 2015, it will take longer than the typical 30-35 days. This is because extra time is needed to conduct the necessary analyses to set the score scale. Examinees who test in April or May will receive their scores before AMCAS begins sending applications to medical schools for the first time in early July.
Please note, April 2015 and May 2015 examinees will also receive preliminary percentile rank ranges approximately three weeks after your exam date. These preliminary percentile rank ranges will show you how well you performed compared to other examinees who took the exam on that day. This will help you make a decision early about whether or not to retest or where to apply.
According to a survey of medical school admissions officers, schools use multiple sets of MCAT scores in several ways:
- Some schools weigh all sets of scores equally and note improvements.
- Other schools consider only the most recent set of scores.
- Still others take an average of all sets of scores.
- Some schools use only the highest set of scores or the highest individual sections scores.
How you score on the MCAT exam, therefore, is not reflective of the particular exam you took—including the time of day, the test date, or the time of year—since any difference in difficulty level is accounted for when calculating your scale scores.
Starting in April 2015, there will be new limits on how many attempts you have to take the MCAT exam. Remember that you can only be registered for one seat at a time and that no-shows and voids count as attempts.
Single testing year:
- The MCAT exam can be taking up to 3 times.
Two consecutive-year period:
- The MCAT exam can be taken up to 4 times.
- The MCAT exam can be taken up to 7 times in a lifetime.
Medical schools usually accept scores dating back two or three years. If you have taken the exam previously, we recommend that you consult the MSAR® to check the application policies of each school to which you intend to apply.
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