MCAT® Score Breakdown
Ranges, Percentiles, and Pass Rates
MCAT Score Range: How Is the MCAT Scored?
MCAT Question Weights
All questions in each section are weighed equally, and there is no penalty for guessing incorrectly. Your raw score is determined only by the number of correct answers you submit in each section. As a result, you should submit your best guess if you don’t know the answer to a question, and select an answer for all remaining questions if you find yourself short on time.
MCAT Raw Score to Scaled Score
Your MCAT score is determined using the AAMC’s scaled score system. This method converts your raw score into a scaled score that takes into account any differences in difficulty between administered exam forms. The purpose is to create a more stable, accurate assessment of your performance compared to strictly raw scores.
MCAT Raw Score Conversion
Unfortunately, there is no official MCAT raw score conversion chart. Any such charts available online are estimates. The AAMC only offers scaled scores because of the difficulty variations between exam forms. At UWorld, we offer percentile rank indicators that display your level of preparedness compared to other UWorld MCAT users.
MCAT Score Report
After you complete the MCAT, you will receive a report consisting of scores, confidence bands, percentile ranks, and score profiles for each section of the exam, as well as your total results. Your percentile ranks are simply based on your scores. The confidence bands, however, estimate your performance by taking into account the margin of error in score accuracy between exam forms. Section score bands vary by ±1 point, while the total score band varies by ±2 points. Your score profiles display your confidence bands over each section’s score range.
MCAT Percentiles by Score
Every year on May 1, the AAMC updates their MCAT percentile ranks based on scores over the past 3 years. This technique balances long-term scoring trends with year-to-year fluctuations for stable results.
MCAT Total Score Percentile Ranks
MCAT Section Score Percentile Ranks
|Section Score||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|
What Is a Good MCAT Score?
Generally speaking, a good MCAT score is about 510 or higher. However, “good” in this case is relative. You should always check the average MCAT scores of the students accepted to your preferred medical schools. For example, the average MCAT score among Harvard Medical School’s Class of 2026 was 520.
Medical School Acceptance Rates by GPA and MCAT Score
To help you determine the MCAT score you need to get accepted into medical school, the AAMC keeps a chart of acceptance rates to U.S. MD-granting medical schools by GPA and MCAT score. Below, we’ve parsed out GPA data and provided a quick look at acceptance rates by MCAT score.
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Receiving and Sending Your MCAT Score
When you receive your MCAT score, it is automatically released to the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®). This eliminates a step in your application process, but means you cannot withhold your score. You can also send your MCAT score to other centralized application services (e.g., AACOMAS, CASPA, SOPHAS, etc.) or individual institutions through the AAMC’s Score Reporting System, or by mailing your official score report.
MCAT Rescore Request
The AAMC’s scoring verification measures are rigorous, meaning errors in the scoring process are very rare; however, you may submit a rescore request within 30 calendar days of your score release date for a fee of $65. Your answers will then be independently rescored by hand to verify accuracy. You will receive a confirmation of your scaled score within three weeks.