DO they curve the MCAT?

Asked by: Dr. Emiliano Goyette PhD  |  Last update: June 21, 2022
Score: 4.6/5 (40 votes)

The MCAT exam is not graded on a curve. Instead, the MCAT exam is scaled and equated so that scores have the same meaning, no matter when you test or who tests at the same time you did.

Is it hard to get a 500 on the MCAT?

The MCAT is very hard. A 500 is an average (50th%ile) score. Applicants to Med schools (MD and DO) who score a 500 have almost no chance of admission. To be competitive, a score above the 75th% , preferably higher, is recommended.

How is the MCAT actually scored?

Each MCAT section is scored on a scale of 118–132 (highest). Your MCAT total score (whch is the sum of your section scores) ranges from 472–528. Because different versions of the test have varying levels of difficulty, the scale will be slightly different from one MCAT administration to the next. Score a 510.

Is the MCAT scale predetermined?

The scaling and equating process is done to account for small differences in the difficulty of test questions when we convert the number of questions you answer correctly to the MCAT score scale. There is no evidence to support a pre-determined scale.

Is 514 a good MCAT score?

To get an excellent MCAT score means to score in the overall 90th percentile, which currently means a score of 515 or greater. Anything above the score of 517 is considered as outstanding.

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Should I retake a 512 MCAT?

If you were averaging 510-512s on your practice AAMC exam but scored much lower on test day, this is a good reason to retake the MCAT. The lower score is more likely due to nerves, pressure, lack of sleep, or sickness than lack of knowledge and ability.

Is a 3.6 GPA too low for medical school?

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only about 30% of all applicants who have a GPA between 3.4 and 3.6 get accepted into a medical school. In other words, 70% of applicants who have a GPA between 3.4 and 3.6 do not get into a single medical school.

Is 520 a good MCAT score?

The total maximum score you can get on the MCAT is 528. So, a score of 520 is a very strong score! It puts you in the top 98th percentile of all MCAT test-takers. To put the score into perspective, the median MCAT score for matriculants in the 2019-2020 academic year was 511.5.

Is 506 a good MCAT score?

A low MCAT is an MCAT that does not match the MCAT requirements of the schools you are applying to. More specifically, a score of 506 is considered to be on the lower end of the scale. With a score of 504-506 or lower, you are not going to be a very competitive candidate.

What is the hardest section of the MCAT?

The Most Difficult MCAT Test Section

Many students report that the most difficult section is CARS, and the average scores reported by AAMC back that up. The lowest average section scores overall and for matriculants are in CARS.

Is MCAT multiple-choice?

The Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, is more than just a formality for medical school admissions. It is a multiple-choice, computer-based, standardized exam that is required for admission to med schools in the United States and Canada.

Is a 3.7 GPA good for med school?

Your goal is to get a 3.7 or better.

You want to be right in the middle of the average GPA for matriculants (people who have a 100% success rate of getting in), not just for applicants (who, remember, have a 41% success rate). A 3.7 means getting A's in 70% of your classes (with nothing lower than a B in the rest).

Is 479 a good MCAT score?

The answer depends on several factors including what type of medical school (MD vs DO vs Canadian) you're interested in, and most importantly, your individual section scores. Attaining a score of 479 on the MCAT means you performed in the 2% percentile. An even distribution for the section scores is preferred.

DO you have to memorize equations for the MCAT?

Yes, there are a fair number of physics equations that you will need to memorize, and thoroughly understand how to utilize, for the MCAT, but they are only a small portion of the physics equations that exist in the universe.

Is it hard to get a 510 on the MCAT?

508-510 are all fine, and if you don't get accepted with a score in that range, it's not because of your MCAT score. Anything that's 510 and above will help you. This is going to discourage a lot of people because they may only be getting a 504 or 505.

Should I retake a 509 MCAT?

So, a 509 MCAT score will put you a good place to get accepted in one of those schools. Retaking the MCAT likely wouldn't benefit you in this situation. The same goes for other medical school-heavy states, such as California or Texas.

Should I retake a 508 MCAT?

If their scores are below the average of their safety schools, they should usually retake the test. The average MCAT score matriculants in the most recent application cycle was about 510 to 511. Generally, Ken would recommend students who got lower than 508 to retake the test.

Is GPA or MCAT more important?

But, the easy answer is: MCAT. Some med schools believe that GPA is a better indicator of future success because it measures your work ethic and determination. However, your MCAT score is the only factor that is completely objective. It is the only factor that can compare all students evenly.

Is 490 a good MCAT score?

The answer depends on several factors including what type of medical school (MD vs DO vs Canadian) you're interested in, and most importantly, your individual section scores. Attaining a score of 490 on the MCAT means you performed in the 20% percentile. An even distribution for the section scores is preferred.

Is a 3.55 GPA good for medical school?

Admissions experts advise aspiring medical school students to aim for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Can I get into med school with B's?

Sure, medical schools can accept a transcript with a lot of B's but the MCAT score has to be outstanding and there have to be other intangibles that make up for the lower GPA. If you're premed you know the list of intangibles. Some students also have a very compelling personal story.

Can I get into med school with a 2.7 GPA?

Many medical schools have a cut-off for GPAs below 3.0. The average GPA at most MD medical schools ranges from about 3.7 to 3.9. The average GPA at most DO medical schools ranges from about 3.4 to 3.6.