What’s a good MCAT score? Is a 28 good enough to get me in?What's a good MCAT score?

This post only addresses pre-2015 MCAT scores! For scoring of the new MCAT, check out my other post, here.

Regarding the pre-2015 MCAT, it’s all relative, as they say. Your MCAT score is “high” or “low” depending on how it compares with the average admissions scores of schools you’re planning on applying to. For a very well-spent $40, you can find out the 10th and 90th percentile scores for all schools (and a whole lot of other great factoids about them), in the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) 2015.

As a (very) general rule,  assuming the rest of the application is up to par, 27 is probably a minimum, and 29 will be good enough to get you into most lower-tier schools. If you hit the 30-32 range with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, you’re going to be competitive at most middle-tier schools. When you exceed 34-35, you’re going to be competitive anywhere. Whether or not you’re applying as an in-state resident will also have an effect (in your favor, if you’re in-state).

Of course, major deficiencies in other sections of your application (especially your GPA) will jeopardize your chances of being admitted, no matter what your MCAT score is.

Check out these other posts regarding the MCAT:

—How will the new MCAT be scored?

—How do I improve my MCAT score the second time around?


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