# Scoring Tables for MCAT

## MCAT Scoring Tables and Statistics

__What are MCAT Scoring Tables?__

Every year the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
publishes the MCAT exam statistics on their website. This is done using
a scoring table, which presents facts and figures, such as the
percentiles, scaled scores and raw scores of the exam, of that
particular year. The AAMC has been making** **the scoring tables
since a very long time. A** **scoring table of MCAT
is a representation of scores on all administrations around the world
in a particular year. Presently, one can find the data for the past ten
years on AAMC's website. To request for a scoring table, of the years
prior to the past ten years, you need to mail the AAMC at mailto:amcas@aamc.org

__Importance of an MCAT Scoring Table__

The final percentile of an individual is awarded in comparison and
in relation to all other test-takers of a given year. This is what a
percentile determines. The test scores
are calculated on a curve. It is a standardized practice for almost all
competitive exams. A curve helps in the conversion of a raw score to a
scaled score. The process of converting a raw score into a scaled score
is known as equating. Equating basically sets right the minor
variations that occur between two tests, with regards to the difficulty
level, editions of tests etc. The scoring
table is a sum total of all these factors that are laid in a
comprehensive manner by the AAMC for the sake of convenience. The point
to be noted here is that the** **scoring table only retains scores
that measure academic knowledge and skills that are needed to qualify
for admission in a premed school. These have been used extensively by
both academicians and colleges to better understand the role of the test
in producing better doctors. Sometimes the statistics in these tables
have been useful for changing questions types or paper patterns to
check in the intake of medical students into colleges.

__How To Understand An MCAT Scoring Table__

The scoring table of MCAT publishes statistics. These statistics are
important for enhancing your understanding of the viability of your
scores. Let us look into the details of what constitutes a** **table
and how to understand it better.

- Scores of similar measurements should be compared. For example, your scores in the Verbal Reasoning section must be compared to that of other test-takers' Verbal Reasoning section scores and not Biological Sciences section scores, since this will be deemed as inaccurate.
- Percentile ranks are very important aspects of scoring tables and can be used as a measure of comparison since the percentile ranks are based on test-takers who have taken the test in the recent 3-year period.
- Scores presented in these scoring tables are based on a system of 'Standard Error Measurement'. Simply put, don't make decisions on your scores based on very small score differences.
- Score tables also help in measuring the overall 'deviation' from the mean score (25.1). Deviation in this case means how far away the test-takers are from the mean score, which is also the average score.

The** **table consists of test scores
in a bar graph as well as in a tabular format. Bar graphs are formed
between the actual scores achieved on the scale of 2 to 44. The tabular
format on the other hand lists the scaled scores adjacent to the
'percent achieving score' and then comes the percentiles. So if you
have a scaled score of 36, from a sample table you can determine that
your 'percent achieving score' is 1.6 and your percentile is between
95.9 to 97.3.