MCAT Scores

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What MCAT score do you need? Needing a certain MCAT score is highly dependent on the schools you are applying to. Aligning your GPA, 2016 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 2016 MCAT works.


The 2016 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.


Using the scoring scale that the AAMC provided for the 2016 MCAT, below is a percentile breakdown possible MCAT section and overall scores along with medical schools within range: *the schools listed are compiled using averages and estimates, lower scorers may be accepted by any school depending on strength of overall application.


Competitive Scores for Elite Medical Schools


The following scores are the 90th+ percentile of test takers:

MCAT Total Score: 514-528
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 129-132
Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 129-132
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 129-132
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 129-132

These scores allow you to be a competitive applicant for the following schools:

Harvard University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California—San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, Duke University, University of Washington, Yale University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, University of California—Los Angeles, Vanderbilt University, University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University, Cornell University, University of California—San Diego, Baylor College of Medicine


Competitive Scores for Top Medical Schools


The following scores are the 75th+ percentile of test takers:

MCAT Total Score: 508-513
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 127-128
Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 127-128
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 127-128
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 127-128

These scores allow you to be a competitive applicant for the following schools:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, Emory University, Mayo Medical School, Case Western Reserve University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of Wisconsin—Madison, University of Virginia, Boston University, University of Rochester


Competitive Scores for Mid Medical Schools


The following scores are the 50th+ percentile of test takers:

MCAT Total Score: 500-507 Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 125-126 Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 125-126 Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 125-126 Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 125-126

These scores allow you to be a competitive applicant for the following schools:

Oregon Health and Science University, University of Southern California, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, Brown University, University of Alabama—Birmingham, University of Colorado, University of Minnesota, Yeshiva University, Dartmouth College, University of Cincinnati, University of Florida, University of Maryland.


Competitive Scores for Medical Schools


The following scores are below the 50th+ percentile of test takers:

MCAT Total Score: 499 or below
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems: 124 or below
Critical Analysis and Reading Skills: 124 or below
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems: 124 or below
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 124 or below

These scores are below average but may allow you to be a competitive applicant for medical schools not listed above along with DO schools depending on your strength of overall application.


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