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Resources and Data for Using MCAT Scores in Admissions

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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. 

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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 preclerkship courses, progression to the third year of medical school, and performance on the USMLE Step 1 exam. 

Percentile Ranks

The percentile ranks provided on your applicants’ MCAT score reports show the percentages of test takers who received the same scores or lower scores on the exam than they did. They show how the scores of your applicants compare to the scores of everyone who sat for the exam.

MCAT Exam Repeat Policies and Data

Learn more about the MCAT policies for retaking the exam, how many examinees retake the exam, the average score gains and losses by repeat test takers, and the strategies admissions officers use for examining retesters’ scores.

MCAT Score Report

The MCAT score reports provide you with more and better information to help you make decisions about applicants.