Each of the four sections of the MCAT is scored between 118 and 132, with the mean and median at 125. This means the total score ranges from 472 to 528, with the mean and median at 501. Why such odd numbers? The AAMC stresses that this scale emphasizes the importance of the central portion of the score distribution, where most students score (around 125 per section, or 500 total), rather than putting an undue focus on the high end of the scale.
[ RELATED: 2022 MCAT Test Dates and Score Releases ]
MCAT Score Ranges (by Scoring Percentiles)
The AAMC utilizes the whole scoring scale on the exam. The exam gives a measurable proportion of students the top score of 528. The AAMC has released the correlation between scaled score and percentile.
When considering your MCAT score goal, it’s always a good idea to look at the requirements or minimums (if any) at the schools to which you’re applying. But while what is considered a good MCAT score differs from program to program, Kaplan Test Prep research shows that not doing well on the exam is the admissions factor most likely to keep you out of medical school. According to the 59 medical schools we spoke with in 2021, 38 percent said a low MCAT score is “the biggest application dealbreaker” in the primary application; a low undergraduate GPA was a close second at 36 percent.
The average MCAT total score is 501 with a standard deviation of 10.8, while the 91st percentile score is 515. As of 2022, there are 45,097 men and 50,328 women in medical school according to the AAMC.
Many factors affect your med school application, and each will help decide whether you’re admitted or rejected. Your MCAT score is just one part of your candidacy. Your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, research, interviews, and personal essays will all contribute to your acceptance into your dream school.
Kaplan is the official MCAT® prep of the American Medical Student Association.