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Resources for the MCAT 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 2017: The AAMC Annual Meeting

Below are the slide decks and handouts from the three MCAT sessions presented during Learn-Serve-Lead: AAMC Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Slide decks:

  • The New MCAT Exam: Studying the Validity, Use, and Impact of the New Exam 
    In this presentation, members of the MCAT Validity Committee presented an overview of the MCAT validity research program, current findings on how well new scores predict students' performance across the first year of medical school, how admissions officers worked with the new scores in 2017 admissions decisions, and ongoing research to understand how students are preparing for the MCAT exam.

  • The New MCAT Exam: Where We Are and Where We Are Going 
    This presentation summarized the current information available about the applicants to the 2017 admission cycle, information about examinees who tested in 2017 and how they performed (many of whom are in the 2018 application cycle), and highlighted the ongoing work to study the predictive validity of the new exam.

  • Strategies for Mission-Oriented Admissions in Light of the New MCAT Exam 
    In this session, admissions officers from four medical schools shared their experiences using the new MCAT scores in the 2016 and 2017 admission cycles. This deck provided the context for their discussion.

Handouts

  • Current Summary Findings of the MCAT Validity Research 
    This handout, provided during the MCAT sessions of the 2017 Learn-Serve-Lead: The AAMC Annaul Meeting in Boston, MA, provides information about the 2017 testing year and current summary findings of the MCAT validity research.


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.



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.