What MCAT score do you need? Needing a certain MCAT score is highly dependent on the schools you are applying to. Aligning your GPA, MCAT score, and target schools will help you create an accurate set of expectations and goals. First and foremost, let’s discuss how the scoring of the MCAT works.
The MCAT is divided into four sections, with each being scored somewhere between 118 and 132. The AAMC places the mean and median score of each section at 125, setting the overall mean and median 2016 MCAT score at 500. There are 57 possible overall MCAT scores, ranging from a 472 to 528—although section scores may vary for each student. Placing the average 2016 MCAT score at 500 stresses the middle portion of test takers where most students lie.