Average MCAT Scores

By | August 7, 2020

The MCAT (which stands for Medical College Admission Test) is a standardized test for checking the suitability for studying medicine abroad. It has been used to select prospective medical students in the United States and Canada for over 80 years. The MCAT is carried out by the test provider Prometric on behalf of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to which most medical schools at US and Canadian universities are affiliated.

Why MCAT?

While in Germany you can start studying medicine right after school, in the USA and Canada it is not possible to apply to a medical school right after high school. Instead, a bachelor’s degree is required. This is followed by the mostly four-year medical degree that leads to an MD (Medical Doctor).

Many U.S. and Canadian students choose a major in the natural sciences for their bachelor’s degree or even take a so-called pre-med program, which is intended to prepare them for later medical studies. In principle, however, applications to the Medical School are open to bachelor graduates from all disciplines.

Against this background, it is understandable that the medical schools use a test like the MCAT to select their applicants. It is an important criterion in order to be able to better compare the suitability and abilities of applicants with their sometimes very different professional backgrounds. For this reason, both local and international applicants must take the test.

MCAT Scores

MCAT Score Range

Each of the four parts of the exam is rated on a scale from 118 (lowest) to 132 (highest). The total score is the sum of these four individual points. Therefore, your total MCAT score ranges from 472 to 528. In other words, the highest MCAT score is 528 while the lowest is 472. Note: The optional Trial Section is not assessed, but the test participants themselves receive feedback on their performance in this area if they work seriously on the tasks.

MCAT Good Score

There is no so called “Good MCAT Score“. Whether your MCAT score is good depends on which medical schools you are applying to. According to AAMC – the test maker, the average MCAT score for admitted students in past three years is between 510 and 512.

Average MCAT Scores for U.S. Medical Schools

Medical School Average MCAT State
Washington University School of Medicine 522 MO
New York University School of Medicine 522 NY
Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania 521 PA
Yale School of Medicine 521 CT
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 521 NY
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine 520 AZ
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine 520 IL
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine 520 MN
Harvard Medical School 519 MA
Stanford University School of Medicine 519 CA
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 519 IL
Duke University School of Medicine 519 NC
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 519 NY
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 518 MD
Weill Cornell Medical College 518 NY
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine 518 OH
Baylor College of Medicine 518 TX
University of Virginia School of Medicine 518 VA
University of California – Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine 517 CA
University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine 517 CA
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine 517 CA
Boston University School of Medicine 517 MA
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 517 PA
University of California – San Diego School of Medicine 516 CA
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine 516 NY
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio 516 TX
University of Michigan Medical School 515 MI
Stony Brook University School of Medicine 515 NY
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine 515 FL
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University 515 NY
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 515 OH
Brown University The Warren Alpert Medical School 515 RI
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School 515 TX
University of California – Irvine School of Medicine 515 CA
University of Massachusetts Medical School 514 MA
New York Medical College 514 NY
University of Florida College of Medicine 514 FL
Emory University School of Medicine 514 GA
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 514 IA
Tufts University School of Medicine 514 MA
Western Michigan University School of Medicine 514 MI
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth 514 NH
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 514 NJ
SUNY – Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine 514 NY
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry 514 NY
The Ohio State University College of Medicine 514 OH
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 514 PA
University of Utah School of Medicine 514 UT
Saint Louis University School of Medicine 513 MO
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School 513 TX
California University of Science and Medicine 513 CA
University of Central Florida College of Medicine 513 FL
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 513 FL
Wake Forest School of Medicine 513 NC
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 513 WI
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 513 DC
University of Arizona School of Medicine – Phoenix 512 AZ
Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine 512 CT
Georgetown University School of Medicine 512 DC
Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine 512 FL
Rush Medical College of Rush University 512 IL
University of Illinois College of Medicine 512 IL
University of Maryland School of Medicine 512 MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine 512 NC
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 512 NJ
Drexel University College of Medicine 512 PA
Temple University Lewis Kratz School of Medicine 512 PA
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine 512 TX
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine – Lubbock 512 TX
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine 512 TX
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine 512 VA
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute 512 VA
University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities 512 MN
SUNY – Upstate Medical University 512 NY
California Northstate University College of Medicine 511 CA
University of California – Davis School of Medicine 511 CA
University of Colorado School of Medicine 511 CO
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine 511 FL
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University 511 GA
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine 511 HI
Creighton University School of Medicine 511 NE
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 511 NJ
Seton Hall University Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine 511 NJ
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine 511 PA
Eastern Virginia Medical School 511 VA
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 510 OK
Loma Linda University School of Medicine 510 CA
University of California – Riverside School of Medicine 510 CA
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 510 IL
Indiana University School of Medicine 510 IN
University of Kansas School of Medicine 510 KS
Wayne State University School of Medicine 510 MI
Albany Medical College 510 NY
SUNY – Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 510 NY
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 510 PA
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine 510 SC
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine 510 TN
University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston 510 TX
The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine 510 VT
University of Washington School of Medicine 510 WA
Medical College of Wisconsin 510 WI
Louisiana State University – New Orleans School of Medicine 509 LA
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson 509 AZ
Tulane University School of Medicine 509 LA
Central Michigan University College of Medicine 509 MI
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine 509 MI
University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine 509 MO
University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine 509 NV
Northeast Ohio Medical University 509 OH
The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences 509 OH
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine 509 OR
University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville 509 SC
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine 509 SD
West Virginia University School of Medicine 509 WV
University of Alabama School of Medicine 509 AL
Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine 508 CA
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine 508 FL
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 508 IL
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 508 IL
University of Louisville School of Medicine 508 KY
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine 508 MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 508 MI
East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine 508 NC
University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine 508 NV
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine 508 TX
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine 508 TX
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine 508 TX
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine 507 TX
University of South Alabama College of Medicine 507 AL
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine 507 AR
Western University of Heath Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific 507 CA
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine 507 IA
University of Kentucky College of Medicine 507 KY
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine 507 MO
Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine 507 NC
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 507 ND
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine 507 TN
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 507 WA
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Harlem Campus 507 NY
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine 507 OH
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 506 MI
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 506 AZ
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine 506 CO
Florida State University College of Medicine 506 FL
University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth 506 MN
University of New Mexico School of Medicine 506 NM
Touro University – Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine 506 NV
University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Columbia 506 SC
Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine 505 FL
Louisiana State University – Shreveport School of Medicine 505 LA
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine 505 NJ
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 504 OH
A.T. Still University 504 AZ
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 504 IN
University of Mississippi School of Medicine 504 MS
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine 504 PA
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 504 PA
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus 503 FL
Georgia Campus Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 503 GA
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 503 MO
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine 503 PR
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine 503 VA
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine 503 WV
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown Campus 503 NY
Pacific Northwestern University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine 503 WA
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine 502 TN
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine 502 TX
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine 501 AL
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine 501 TN
Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University 500 NM
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine 500 AR
University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine 500 KY
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine 500 OK
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus 500 SC
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus 500 VA
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine 500 WV
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences 499 PR
Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine 499 PR
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine 498 PR

MCAT Score Percentiles

On your MCAT score report, you will see a three-digit number (from 472 to 528)  and a percentile rank. Here are the latest MCAT percentiles from AAMC.

MCAT Percentiles

Repetition of the MCAT

It is possible to repeat the MCAT to improve the number of points achieved. However, the test can only be taken up to three times within a 12 month period. Anyone who immediately feels after the MCAT that it did not go well can have the test deleted immediately. It is not evaluated at all and is therefore not included in the maximum number of tests possible annually.

Preparation for the Medical College Admission Test

A thorough and long-term preparation on the MCAT is essential. Many local students begin early in the course of their bachelor’s degree to prepare for the MCAT in a targeted and intensive manner. Admission to medical schools in the USA and Canada is hotly contested. The competition is therefore fierce, especially since only a small proportion of the study places at the medical schools are given to international applicants each year.

But it is not only the preparation of the content that is important. In the unfamiliar test situation you should also know as exactly as possible what to expect. For this reason, participants should also deal with the test structure and assessment methods in advance.

The AAMC offers various learning aids to prepare for the MCAT. The topics that are examined in the MCAT can also be viewed free of charge on the MCAT website. On the other hand, you can purchase the Official Guide or the Official MCAT Self-Assessment Package on the same page for a fee.