Perfect Score in MCAT
What Is a Perfect MCAT Score for Admission in Top Med Schools
MCAT is an examination designed to test your basic knowledge of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Since, it is an examination you will definitely receive a score! A good score in this test is essential if you wish to study in a good medical school. However, achieving a perfect MCAT score is very difficult. But, since it is a standardized examination it is only natural that someone will score highest and someone the lowest. But, instead of trying to get a perfect score, you should try to know the score requirements of the medical schools you wish to apply in. Thus, you should know how to interpret your score. The method of interpretation of your MCAT score is discussed in the following section.
How is MCAT Scored
As you start preparing for MCAT you will come to know about the scoring process for the test. The test is scored in the following manner:
- In the Biological Sciences section the minimum marks you can get is 1 and the maximum is 15
- In the Physical Sciences section the minimum marks you can get is 1 and the maximum is 15
- In the Verbal Reasoning section the minimum marks you can get is 1 and the maximum is 15
- Your writing samples will be graded twice, first by an examiner and then by a computer. The marks you receive for each essay will range from 1 to 6. The total marks you receive is then converted to a grade ranging from 'J' to 'T' with 'J' representing the lowest grade and 'T' the highest.
Thus, the maximum marks that you can receive are 45 and hence, the perfect score is 45T. Although, it is very rare that students score 44 points and very rarely do they score 45. A score of 28 and above is quite competitive. If you wish to get admission in the top medical schools then you will have to score at least 35 in MCAT.
In the writing samples the average score is 'O'. Hence a grade of 'O' and above is necessary if you want to get admission in good medical schools. However, before you start applying you should know that all medical schools will take into account the score you have received in each section of the test and not just your overall test score.
To understand this consider the following example: Consider a candidate, 'A', has scored a total of 30 but has scored less than '8' in one of the sections of the test. Another, candidate 'B' has also scored 30 but has scored on an average '8' and above in all the sections of the test. Medical schools while considering both the applications will prefer candidate 'B' over candidate 'A'. It is so because candidate 'B' is more consistent than candidate 'A'. Although aiming for the perfect score is always a good idea, but while applying in medical schools ensure that you are aware of the sectional requirements of the medical schools you are applying in. Some of the MCAT score requirements of top medical schools are given in the following section.
MCAT Score for Top Med Schools
Most medical schools prefer candidates with a science major and a GPA of 3.0 and above. Along with this you should have a good MCAT score. Some of the score requirements of top medical schools are as follows:
- If you want to study in Harvard Medical School then you should have an MCAT score of at least 35.6.
- If you want to study in the school of medicine in the University of Pennsylvania then you should have a score of at least 35.
- If you want to study medicine in the University of California (San Francisco) then your score should be at least 34.
- If you want to study in the school of medicine of Duke University then you should have a score of at least 34.2.
Thus, from the afore-mentioned list you can get an idea of the average score requirements of the top few medical schools. Although a high score in MCAT will ensure you admission in good medical schools, yet achieving it is quite difficult. Moreover, all medical schools assure candidates that they do not require students to achieve a high score in the test in order to get admission. Thus, before you start applying to medical schools you should know the requirements of the colleges and based on that you should apply. So gather the required information and then start applying!
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