The statistics do illustrate the weight of the exam, in that scores of accepted students are on average higher than scores for the pool of all applicants, which are in turn higher than the average score for everyone taking the test.
Regardless of the school you’re aiming for, it helps to maximize your score.
Scoring 511, or roughly one standard deviation above that year’s mean, would put you in the 85th percentile, ahead of a large majority of test takers.
For context, this score is very close to the average MCAT score (510.4) for all students matriculating to US Medical schools that year.
Thus the average matriculating student score was around 85th percentile. Now this example is not to say that it takes a score of 510 to get into medical school.
Keep in mind there is a very broad range of scores for students who were accepted to medical school. Input either the new or old MCAT score and we’ll take care of the rest, including converting the score, as well as providing you the percentile. Below, you’ll find our MCAT Conversion Tool, which allows you to convert bidirectionally, both old to new MCAT, as well as new to old MCAT.The format of the exam has gone through multiple iterations, but in 2015 it was revised to contain the following four sections: Previously, the exam had only sections on the biological sciences, physical sciences, reading comprehension, and a writing section.Along with reorganizing the content and format of the MCAT in 2015, the AAMC also adjusted the scoring system.Although your total score was a respectable 505, med schools will still look at the imbalance in your scores and be concerned in particular about the one area that was so much weaker. If your GPA is at the high end for the schools you are applying to, the admissions committees may cut you a little slack on your MCAT score.The average undergrad GPA for those admitted to an MD program in 2017 was 3.70.Each of the four sections of the MCAT is scored between 118 and 132.AAMC originally designed the test aiming for an average section score of 125 and an average total score of 500 within a total score range from 472 to 528.The average MCAT score for admitted students at Wash U was 521, with a range of 10th-90th percentile range of 516-525 per MSAR. What does it mean if your scores were 130 on three sections of the MCAT and 115 on the fourth?Clearly you have a weakness in an area that most medical schools feel is important enough to test and measure.