MCAT Test Results
MCAT Score Report Details and When and How to Get It
The MCAT refers to the medical entrance test, which is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges or AAMC and allows the participants to study Medicine in the United States and Canada. The test is conducted several times in a year starting from late January to early September and tests the students’ ability through the following sections:
- Physical Sciences
- Biological Sciences
- Verbal Reasoning
- Writing Section
While the first three sections are based on multiple-choice questions, the Writing Sample contains two essays of 30 minutes each. The test scores are required by all the medical schools in the United States.
How is MCAT Scored?
As far as the test results of MCAT are concerned, the students get four different scores, one for each section. The Writing Sample is scored separately. Except for the Writing Sample, the other three sections are scored in a range of 1 to 15. Initially, the students get raw scores, which are later converted to this scale. In the Writing Sample too, the students get raw scores that are converted to an alphabetic scale of J to T, where J is the highest and T is the lowest and each letter indicates the sum total of two scores that are meant for two writing samples. Therefore, the students get four separate scores and a total score as part of the results. In the multiple-choice questions, the scores are awarded on the basis of the correct answers although there are no penalties for wrong answers. Therefore, the total score represents the combined scores of the multiple-choice questions (Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Verbal Reasoning) along with the Writing Sample, for example, 45P.
Release of MCAT Scores
While the students eagerly await the results, the scores are released about 30-35 days after the day of the test. The following are the provisional score release dates for MCAT 2012.
- For MCAT test to be held on Saturday March 24, 2012, the score release date is April 24, 2012.
- For the MCAT tests that are conduced on April 5, 13 and 28, 2012, the test results will be available on May 8, 15 and 30 respectively.
- Similarly, for the test dates on May 12, 19, 24 and 31, 2012, the results will be available on June 12, 19, 26 and July 3 respectively.
There are three categories of score release options that students can choose from that must be paid and verified during the registration process. These include the following:
- Health Professions Advisor
- Medical Minority Applicants Registry
- MCAT Recruiting Service
These options are meant to facilitate the students while securing admission in the medical schools through the release of scores to AAMC and its associates that are analyzed and researched at the time of admission.
How to Get Scores of MCAT
The MCAT participants can get the scores or results through MCAT Testing History System, also called THx. The MCAT Testing History System refers to the online score release site that can be used by the students to view their scores, which are to be sent to different schools. The students can enter this system with their AAMC login username and password to know the scores. To obtain the official score, the students are required to click on the appropriate link that allows the automated system to process and print the score report of the students. While doing this, the score report can also be mailed to suitable authorities.
The test's results are vital for those students who are keen to pursue the study of Medicine and the scores are utilized by the admission authorities to assess the ability of students, which is required for the fulfillment of their academic goals.
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