What Is a Passing MCAT Score?


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Each medical school has its own admissions criteria regarding Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT, scores, so there is not a specific passing score. While some medical schools do not have specific cutoffs for scores, they often post average MCAT scores of recent classes so that prospective students can get an idea of how well accepted applicants have performed.

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What Is a Passing MCAT Score?
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MCAT test takers receive separate scores for verbal, biomedical science and physical sciences, and medical schools take all three into consideration. For example, Harvard Medical School's 2014 entering class had average MCAT scores of 12.67 for biological science, 11.2 for verbal and 12.41 for physical science, while West Virginia University's class of 2017 had MCAT scores of 9.3 in verbal, 10 in biomedical sciences and 9.6 in physical sciences.

A student's grade point average, performance on undergraduate science coursework, extracurricular activities and interview performance are also all commonly considered in medical school admissions.

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