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.
Average MCAT Score in 2019
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.
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Data adapted from AAMC.
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.