MCAT

MCAT Score Percentiles and Average MCAT Score

Want to know where your MCAT score stands among your competition for medical school? Read on to find out!

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released their 2019 report summarizing MCAT scores over the past year (AAMC). In this post, we’ve compiled the data on average MCAT scores among both test takers and admitted applicants, as well as total MCAT score percentiles. To see breakdowns by MCAT section, see this post breaking down MCAT score percentiles by section.

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Average MCAT Score in 2019

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Total MCAT Score Percentile and Averages

What is a good MCAT score? Well, let’s start by talking about the averages. The average MCAT score of all test takers in 2019 was 500.9, with a standard deviation of 10.6 points (AAMC). To put this in context among the people applying for medical school, the average MCAT score of all applicants to medical school in 2019 was 505.6 with a standard deviation of 9.3 points (AAMC). But these numbers don’t necessarily help you determine what a good MCAT score is. To do this, let’s compare these averages against the MCAT scores of people accepted or admitted into medical school.

When looking only at accepted students matriculating into medical school, the average MCAT score of accepted applicants was 511.2, with a standard deviation of 6.2 points (AAMC). In other words, the average person accepted into medical school in 2019 has a MCAT score in the 83rd percentile among all test takers. Granted these are population means and distributions, but this means that you should aim to score in the top 20 percentile of MCAT takers to maximize your chances of entering medical school.

Total MCAT Score Percentiles in 2019

Below, we’ve compiled the percentile rank data from the low end to the max MCAT score of 528. Here’s the tabulated percentile ranks for each score.

Total Score Percentile Rank Total Score Percentile Rank
<475 <1 500 47
476-477 1 501 51
478-479 2 502 54
480 3 503 58
481 4 504 61
482 5 505 65
483 6 506 68
484 7 507 71
485 8 508 74
486 10 509 77
487 12 510 80
488 14 511 83
489 16 512 85
490 18 513 88
491 20 514 90
492 23 515 92
493 25 516 93
494 28 517 95
495 31 518 96
496 34 519 97
497 37 520 98
498 41 521-523 99
499 44 >524 100

Data adapted from AAMC.

Takeaways

While your MCAT score is not the only factor in competitiveness for medical school, it remains a key objective factor differentiating applicants who are accepted from others who are not. Smart preparation for the MCAT is vital to achieving your best score, and resources like Pixorize can help you master the psychology/sociology and basic biology that require heavy memorization on the exam.

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