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The MCAT score is the aggregate of the four section scores with each of those four MCAT section scores will range from 118 and 132 and be “centered” at 125. (The AAMC is aiming to get 125 to be the median test score.) This will produce aggregate MCAT test scores ranging from 472 to 528 and similarly centered at 500.
In 2014, under the old MCAT scoring system, the average MCAT score for an admitted US medical school applicant was 31.4, up 0.3 years in just 3 years. Lest you presume 2011 was some type of “low water mark,” that year’s average cumulative scaled score of successful medical school applicants was 31.1 — a jump of 0.7 points from just five years earlier! So the exam has been getting tougher and we’ll be curious to see if the AAMC holds the new scoring medians in place or allows them to creep up as students, presumably, improve at taking the MCAT test over time.
It is worth keeping in mind, however, that there is a wide range of “average” acceptance scores among the different medical schools. Equally important is the wide range of scores between successful applicants of the same school, so don’t despair if your MCAT score is a bit below the average of the school you are targeting.
An important point to note: While this exam is certainly important and worth taking very seriously, it is only one of several factors the medical schools’ admissions committees will judge you by.
The four MCAT sections, by the way, are:
- Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
- Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior