The Scoring System of MCAT

Different MCAT Scores and the Significance of Each


Do you want to get admission into a good medical school? If yes, then you will have to make sure that you get a high score in MCAT. When you apply to any medical college, they will take several factors into account before they consider you and your score in this test is one of them. This is the reason why you need to have a good idea about the format and the various sections of the test so that you will do well in it. It is also essential you know about the scoring of MCAT.

Scoring in MCAT

You need to know that there are four sections in MCAT and these are as follows:

  • Physical sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Writing section

The first thing you need to know about the scoring is that you can obtain a score that will range from 1 to 15 in the multiple-choice sections (the first three sections above). In these three sections, you can get a maximum of 45 score and a minimum score of 3 in all the three sections put together. If you would like to get into a good medical school, it is important you score a minimum of 11 in each section.

You will notice that in scoring, the writing section is scored differently unlike the other sections of the test. In this part of the test, the essays you write will be scored twice and the scores can be any number ranging from 1 to 6. The average of both the scores is then obtained to determine the raw score of the writing section. This raw score is then converted to an alphabetical score where 'T' is the highest and 'J' is the lowest score.

MCAT Scores

Four scores are obtained from all the four sections of the test. Once these are obtained, then the total is score is determined. In the multiple-choice sections, you will not get negative marking if you answer the questions incorrectly. In other words, an answered question will be scored just like a wrongly answered question. So make sure you do not miss out any questions even if you are not sure of the answers. In your test score report, you will find the scores of the four sections mentioned separately and in addition to these you will also find the total score. For example, if you have obtained a total score of 42 in the three multiple choice questions and a 'T' in the writing section, your total score will be 42T.

When to Take MCAT?

Now that you know about the scoring, you must be wondering when the right time to take this test is. First of all, you need to ask yourself whether there is any possibility that you will be taking this test more than once. If yes, then you should take this test as early as you can so that you will have sufficient time for a retest.

Keep in Mind...

The Medical College Admissions Test has been created to predict which candidates have a higher chance of succeeding in medical school. This is the reason why when it comes to  scoring, you need to obtain a high score as this will increase your chance to get admission into the college that you wish to study in. If you are someone who is very serious about having a career in the medical field, you need to prepare for this test months in advance so that you will be able to get a high score. Ideally, it is a good idea to have at least three months in hand before the actual date of the MCAT test.

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