The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently released 2019 data summarizing MCAT scores by section (2019 report, AAMC). In this post, we’ve compiled the data on MCAT section scores, **compare average MCAT section scores between both test takers and admitted applicants**, and provide **MCAT score percentiles by section **so you know where you stand among the crowd. Read our previous post on *total* MCAT score averages and percentile breakdowns.

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### Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (CPBS)

What’s a good MCAT CPBS section score? The **average C/P or CPBS score of all test takers in 2019 was 125.1**, with a standard deviation of 3.0 points (AAMC). To put this in context, the average MCAT CPBS score of

*all applicants*to medical school in 2019 was 126.3 with a standard deviation of 2.7 points (AAMC). When looking only at

*accepted*

*students matriculating*into medical school, the

**average MCAT CPBS section score of**, with a standard deviation of 2.1 points (AAMC). In other words, the average person accepted into medical school in 2019 has an MCAT CPBS section score in the ~80th percentile among all test takers.

*accepted applicants*was 127.7### MCAT CPBS Section Score Percentiles

Section Score |
Percentile Rank |

118 |
1 |

119 |
3 |

120 |
6 |

121 |
12 |

122 |
21 |

123 |
31 |

124 |
43 |

125 |
54 |

126 |
66 |

127 |
76 |

128 |
85 |

129 |
92 |

130 |
97 |

131 |
99 |

132 |
100 |

*Data adapted from **AAMC.*

### Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)

What CARS score do you need on the MCAT to get into medical school? To answer this question, let’s The **average CARS score of all test takers in 2019 was 124.8**, with a standard deviation of 2.9 points (AAMC). This is the lowest mean among all the sections discussed, so there’s evidence pointing to the widely-held belief that the

**CARS section is the hardest section on the MCAT**. In context, the average CARS score of

*all applicants*to medical school in 2019 was 125.9 with a standard deviation of 2.7 points (AAMC). Once again, when you narrow the scope to only

*accepted*

*students matriculating*into medical school, the

**average MCAT CARS score of**, with a standard deviation of 2.3 points (AAMC). In other words, the average accepted medical student matriculating in 2019 earned a CARS score in the 82nd percentile among all test takers.

*accepted applicants*was 127.1### MCAT CARS Section Score Percentiles

Section Score |
Percentile Rank |

118 |
1 |

119 |
2 |

120 |
7 |

121 |
13 |

122 |
23 |

123 |
35 |

124 |
48 |

125 |
60 |

126 |
71 |

127 |
82 |

128 |
90 |

129 |
94 |

130 |
98 |

131 |
99 |

132 |
100 |

*Data adapted from **AAMC.*

### Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (BBLS)

The **average B/B or BBLS score of all test takers in 2019 was 125.4**, with a standard deviation of 3.0 points (AAMC). The average BBLS score of

*all applicants*to medical school in 2019 was 126.6 with a standard deviation of 2.7 points (AAMC). The

**average MCAT BBLS section score of**, with a standard deviation of 2.1 points (AAMC). This means that the average person accepted into medical school in 2019 has a BBLS section score in the 84th percentile among all test takers.

*accepted applicants*matriculating into medical school was 128.0### MCAT BBLS Section Score Percentiles

Section Score |
Percentile Rank |

118 |
1 |

119 |
2 |

120 |
6 |

121 |
11 |

122 |
19 |

123 |
28 |

124 |
39 |

125 |
51 |

126 |
62 |

127 |
74 |

128 |
84 |

129 |
90 |

130 |
96 |

131 |
99 |

132 |
100 |

*Data adapted from **AAMC.*

### Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (PSBB)

The **average P/S or PSBB score of all MCAT takers in 2019 was 125.6**, with a standard deviation of 3.1 points (AAMC). This closely mirrors the average PSBB score of

*all applicants*to medical school in 2019, which was 126.8 with a standard deviation of 2.7 points (AAMC). Finally, looking at the

**average PSBB section score of**, with a standard deviation of 2.1 points (AAMC). In other words, the average person accepted into medical school in 2019 earned a PSBB score in the 81st percentile among all test takers.

*accepted applicants*was 128.3### MCAT PSBB Section Score Percentiles

Section Score |
Percentile Rank |

118 |
1 |

119 |
2 |

120 |
5 |

121 |
11 |

122 |
18 |

123 |
26 |

124 |
36 |

125 |
47 |

126 |
59 |

127 |
70 |

128 |
81 |

129 |
88 |

130 |
95 |

131 |
98 |

132 |
100 |

*Data adapted from **AAMC.*

### Takeaways

Each section in the MCAT is important in determining your overall score. The data shows that the CARS section is the most difficult section, corresponding to the lowest average scores. However, the average scores and distributions for each section is roughly equivalent among students accepted into medical school, with performances in the 80th percentile. This suggests that it is important to be well-rounded and obtain competitive scores in all sections of the MCAT. **Preparation for the MCAT is vital **to achieving your ideal score, and resources like Pixorize can help you master the psychology/sociology and basic biology on the exam.

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