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Resources for the MCAT Exam

In the 2017 admissions cycle, we estimate that 90% of your applicants will have scores for the new exam. The resources on this page are designed to help you prepare and orient your committee members on how to use the new scores in your admissions process.

For a brief overview of what the exam is and what it tests, please watch this two-minute video.

Learn-Serve-Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting

Below are the slide decks and handouts from the two MCAT sessions presented on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Learn-Serve-Lead AAMC Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Slide decks:

Handouts

Interpreting and Using MCAT Scores in Admissions Decision Making

Holistic Review practices provide the foundation for selecting applicants with the academic and personal competencies that future physicians need.

Using MCAT Data Guide 2018 Using MCAT Data in 2018 Medical Student Selection 
This 41-page guide provides admissions officers, medical school faculty members, and others who serve on admissions committees with information about the design, interpretation, use, and predictive value of the new version of the MCAT exam. It presents information about how to interpret and use MCAT scores in the context of holistic review. It also provides data about the new MCAT exam, showing how applicants prepared for and performed on the exam and data about how medical schools worked with scores from the new exam in the selection of students in the 2017 admissions cycle.

Old MCAT DataFinal Using MCAT Data Guide for the old version of the MCAT exam 
This 18-page guide provides admissions officers, medical school faculty members, and others who serve on admissions committees with information about the design, interpretation, use, and predictive value of scores from the old MCAT exam, which was in place from 1991 through January 2015. It's the final report showing data on the old MCAT exam.



MCAT at a Glance MCAT Year at a Glance: 2015 
This 11-page report includes new information and data on the first year of the new MCAT exam.

Percentile Ranks for the MCAT Exam


Tools to Orient Your Committee Members

2016 applicants who took the new exam applied with a wide range of MCAT scores.

MCAT Score ReportExplore the new MCAT score report content through this interactive tool that allows you quick access to key information on the content tested and scores. The tool allows you to easily download and share the fact sheets and videos with others.


What Do We Know About the Validity of the Exam?

The MCAT Validity Committee is examining the use, impact, and predictive value of scores from the new exam

  • Read about the validity research  on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section of the new exam.

Timeline for reporting initial results from the predictive validity research

  • 2015 - Examinee: MCAT Launch (Academic Prep / Scores by sociodemographic group)
  • 2016 - Applicant: 2016 Admissions (Acceptance decisions by MCAT total score and UGPA)
  • 2017 - Medical School Admissions: Survey (Impact of new exam on admissions decision making) / Medical Student: Outcomes (Association of MCAT scores with performance in 1st year of medical school)
  • 2018 - Medical Student: Outcomes (Association of MCAT scores with performance in 2nd year of medical school)
  • 2019 Medical Student: Outcome (Association of MCAT scores with USMLE Step 1)
  • 2020 - Medical Student: Outcomes (Association of MCAT scores with clerkship performance)
  • 2021 - Medical Student: Outcomes (Association of MCAT scores with USMLE Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Graduation)


Additional Resources

Scores from the MCAT exam should not outweigh other application data in deciding which applicants will get secondary invitations, interview invitations, or acceptance offers.