MCAT Percentiles Explained

The MCAT score ranges from 472 to 528, with an average score of 501.3 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Percentile rankings are based on MCAT results from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 testing years combined. The AAMC uses these scores to calculate percentile rankings through April 30, 2024, until the next update on May 1 of the following year.

Percentile Rankings

To be in the 75th percentile, you must score a 509. This indicates that your score is higher than 75% of test takers.

75th Percentile

To be in the 50th percentile, you must score greater than a 501. This means you're in the middle of the pack in terms of scores.

50th Percentile

To score in or above the 25th percentile, you must achieve a result of 493. Scoring below 493 places you in the bottom quarter of test takers.

25th Percentile and Below

Note that you cannot score in the 100th or 0th percentiles; these are theoretical placeholders. Scores of 524-528 are in the 100th percentile, meaning no one has achieved them.

100th Percentile

The MCAT consists of four sections, each graded on a scale from 118-132. The sum of the four section scores determines the total score. According to the AAMC, students who score about 125 in each section and have a total score of 500 are strong contenders for medical school admission, graduation in four or five years, and success in licensing exams.

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