Highest MCAT score

What Is the Highest MCAT Score That You Should Aim for?

Anyone who wants to pursue medicine as the stream of study would like to join a prestigious medical school. To join in one of the most reputed medical schools, you should get the highest score in MCAT. Only with such a good score you will be able to get admission in the top medical schools.

MCAT Scoring

The MCAT test has four sections. Of the four sections, three are multiple choice questions sections which include Physical Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Biological Sciences and one is a written section in which the applicant has to write 2 essays. The 3 multiple-choice sections are scored based on the number of correct answers. This scoring is called the raw scoring. Later the raw score is converted to a scaled score. In the scaled scoring the 3 multiple choice questions sections are scored between 1 and 15, 1 being the lowest and 15 being the highest.

The 2 essays are scored by two readers on a range from 1 to 6. So the raw score is any number from 2 to 12 out of a maximum 12. The writing section score is then converted to a grade from J to T alphabetically. In this scoring J is the lowest and T is the highest.

As a final score the three individual scores are totaled and the writing section grade is put alongside it. If you score 11, 12, 12 and R your score would be 35R. A score of 30+ and P+ is a good MCAT score. You can expect interview calls from a few good medical schools if your other credentials like GPA, school you attended and extra curricular activities are good.

The average score is around 27N, with the individual section averages being 8.6, 8.8, 9.1 and N for Verbal Reasoning, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Writing Sample respectively.

Highest MCAT Score

If you are planning to join the top medical schools in the US, you should have one of the highest score of MCAT. The table below shows the average cut off score of the top 10 US medical schools.

Accepted Students' MCAT Average Scores



MCAT Average





University of Pennsylvania



John Hopkins



University of California-San Francisco



Washington University-St. Louis



University of Washington



University of Michigan






Duke University



Columbia University


From the above table it is clear that a score of 35+ is required for joining in one of the top 10 medical schools.

MCAT Score and Admission

But just with the highest score, you will not get admission. There are students who have scored 40+ and a few schools have rejected them since the other factors that the medical schools consider were not strong. Thus even if you get the highest score, you will be admitted only if you have a strong application and you do well in the interviews.

But a good MCAT score is the first step towards medical school admissions. Most schools do the first level of screening with this test score. So, if you have scored a low score, the medical school admission council will not even look into your application. Though the test score is only one of the factors for medical school admission, it is the first factor that the schools consider.

You must aim for the score  around 40+. With such an MCAT score, a good GPA and a strong application you can get admitted into the most prestigious medical school in the US.

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