MCAT Percentiles

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Why Rank Matters

To get into a medical school program, undergraduates must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Scoring well improves your chances of entering your chosen medical program.

After taking the exam, you receive your score and a percentile ranking that compares your performance against the results of other test-takers.

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MCAT Section Percentiles

The Role of Your Raw & Scaled Scores

The number of correctly answered questions on the MCAT is the raw score, which converts to a scaled score between 472 and 528. The AAMC also provides test takers with a percentile ranking for the exam and each section.

Each of the four MCAT sections features a score between 118 and 132. The sections have a midpoint of 125, where most students score. However, the corresponding percentile rank of each section varies due to difficulty and length.

After taking the exam, you'll receive your total and section scores along with your percentile rank on the designated MCAT score report release date. Read MCAT percentiles by section the same way you read your total score.

You can also review the current percentile chart to see how reported scores fall within each ranking.

The MCAT Percentiles Chart

How Your Ranking Is Determined

While most programs admit students based on their MCAT score, your percentile rank reveals how your results compete against other potential medical school students. You can view how this number relates to your score using a chart of MCAT percentiles.

You can find the most current AAMC MCAT percentiles on the association's website. Below is an example of the percentiles and scores from the 2021-2022 MCAT testing year.

The lowest possible score on the MCAT is 472, which is a percentile rank of less than 1 percent. On the other hand, a score of 524 to 528 has a percentile rank of 100, meaning you scored better than 100% of those taking the same exam. A perfect score of 528 is possible, but it is extremely rare.

MCAT Scores & Percentiles

Data from May 2021 to April 2022

Reported Score Percentile Reported Score Percentile
472 <1 501 48
473 <1 502 52
474 <1 503 55
475 <1 504 58
476 1 505 62
477 1 506 65
478 1 507 69
479 2 508 72
480 3 509 75
481 4 510 78
482 4 511 81
483 6 512 84
484 7 513 86
485 8 514 88
486 9 515 90
487 11 516 92
488 13 517 94
489 15 518 95
490 17 519 96
491 19 520 97
492 21 521 98
493 24 522 99
494 27 523 99
495 29 524 100
496 32 525 100
497 35 526 100
498 38 527 100
499 42 528 100
500 45  

Annual Percentile Updates

Using Old vs. New Rankings

As the exam changes from year to year, ranks on the section and overall scores will change as well. You can also find the MCAT's old percentiles on the AAMC website.

If you're taking a previous exam as practice, search for the percentile ranks for the appropriate year. However, students taking the current exam should always rely on up-to-date MCAT percentiles to help them determine their percentile goal and meet medical school requirements.

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Evaluating Your Results

What Is a Good MCAT Percentile Score?

A good MCAT percentile rank should match or go above the requirements of your target medical school. The AAMC provides the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) database for test-takers to compare their MCAT scores to the averages of the medical schools on their list.

Using this database, you can understand the score range you need to get into the school you want. While having a good MCAT score is important in the admissions process, schools make other considerations when accepting applicants.

Your GPA is a good example. If you have a lower GPA, a higher MCAT score may compensate for it. Likewise, a higher GPA can give you a little leeway with a lower MCAT score.

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What Percentile Should I Aim For?

Prospective students should always refer to the criteria specific to their medical school to determine what will be expected for admission. The higher the score received, the better chances you have of getting into your preferred program.

A 95th percentile rank on the MCAT equals a scaled score of 518, which means you scored better than 95% of other test-takers. The average MCAT percentile score for some of the most prestigious medical schools in the United States is 517. If you score in the 75th percentile, your total score is 509 based on the 2021 – 2022 exam year.

While the median score on the MCAT is a 500, the AAMC encourages medical school administrators to consider mid-range scores and not just the highest. The AAMC recommends aiming for a score of 509 or higher to improve your chances for medical school admission.

Study Resources

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