What Are the MCAT Percentiles?


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As of 2014, MCAT scores of 38 and higher fall into the 98.5 to 99th percentiles, 34 to 37 are in the 91st to 98.5 percentiles, 31 to 33 are in the 81st to 90th percentiles, 27 to 30 fall into 60th to 80th percentiles, and 25 to 26 are in the 50th percentile. MCAT scores range from 0 to 45. The 50th percentile is the average score.

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As of 2014, MCAT data is available on the Association of American Medical Colleges for test administrations from 2000 to 2013. In 2013, nearly 95,000 prospective medical students took the test, and the average score was 25.3. The 99th percentile in 2013 started at a score of 38. In 2008, the mean score of nearly 76,000 people who took the test was 24.9. Nearly 55,000 people took the test in 2000.

The MCAT examines prospective students on physical science, biological sciences and verbal reasoning. As of September 2014, the multiple-choice test is taken completely online. Most medical schools in the United States and Canada require students to achieve a certain score on the MCAT before admission. Students who wish to attend schools for veterinary, osteopathic, allopathic and podiatric medicine must also take the test.

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