Using MCAT Data in 2021 Medical Student Selection (PDF)
This comprehensive guide presents information about how to interpret and use MCAT scores in the context of holistic review. You can also download an accompanying PowerPoint presentation of the guide's content to help you prepare your admissions committee for the 2021 application cycle.
Concepts and skills measured by the exam
Characteristics of examinees and how they prepare for and perform on the exam
How admissions committees work with scores in admissions
How well MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs predict students’ performance in medical school
- Updated validity findings that show:
- A strong relationship exists between MCAT scores and students’ preclerkship, Step 1, and clerkship performance.
- Some students perform better than their MCAT scores predict, and others perform less well than their scores predict.
- Using MCAT total scores and undergraduate GPAs together provides a better prediction of medical student performance than using either one alone.
- Students with a wide range of MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs pass the Step 1 exam on the first attempt and progress to Year 3 on time.
MCAT Scores Do More than Predict Step 1 Performance
This research summary presents findings related to the predictive validity of MCAT scores, including the latest results from our preliminary analysis on how well MCAT scores predict medical students’ performance on Step 2 CK.
MCAT Validity Data Report 2019
Read the latest findings on how well MCAT scores and other academic metrics predict students’ performance across their pre-clerkship courses, progression to the third year of medical school, and performance on the USMLE Step 1 exam.
Academic Medicine collection (March 2020) (PDF)
Read research articles published by the AAMC MCAT Validity Committee on their research to evaluate the fairness, use, and predictive validity of the MCAT exam introduced in 2015.
Academic Medicine collection (May 2013) (PDF)
In May 2013, collection of articles was published in Academic Medicine that describe the research that supports the design of the MCAT 2015 exam.
MCAT Validity Research (PDF)
This resource describes the MCAT validity research agenda to evaluate the fairness, use, impact, and predictive validity of the new MCAT exam. It includes a comprehensive overview of the research agenda, objectives, timeline for data collection and release, and ways you and your committee can stay up-to-date.
Validity Research on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior Section (PDF)
Annotated Bibliography of MCAT® Research
The bibliography presents a list of publications and presentations about research on the MCAT® exam since 1987. Among the areas explored are the relationship between performance on the test and performance at difference stages of medical education, test validity, reliability and equating issues, medical college selection procedures, and issues related to acceptance to medical school.
Recent presentations from the MCAT program and MCAT Validity Committee
Learn-Serve-Lead 2019: AAMC Annual Meeting
Download the slide deck from the MCAT session (How Admissions Officers Use MCAT Predictive Validity Findings in Student Selection) presented during Learn-Serve-Lead 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.
2019 Regional GSA Meetings
From the MCAT session presented at the 2019 regional Western GSA in Reno, NV, the regional Northeast GSA in Boston, MA, and the regional joint Central/Southern GSA in Louisville, KY.
In this presentation, MCAT staff presented information on how admissions officers are working with MCAT scores, how well MCAT scores and undergraduate GPA predict student performance in medical school, data on 2016-2018 test takers, and how examinees are preparing for the exam and the resources we have to help address some of the common challenges all examinees experience when preparing.