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Tools and Resources for Using MCAT® Scores in Medical School Admissions

The tools and resources on this page are designed to help you prepare your committee members on how to use MCAT® scores in your admissions process.

Using MCAT Data in 2025 Medical Student Selection

Image of the cover of the Using MCAT Data in 2025 Medical Student Selection guide.

This comprehensive guide presents information about how to interpret and use MCAT scores in the context of holistic review (PDF). The guide has been fully redesigned and contains updated information, tools, and data for use in the upcoming application cycle.

The guide summarizes the 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, and how well MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs predict students’ performance in medical school.

The guide also provides the findings about the value of MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs in predicting students’ performance in medical school. This includes data on how well MCAT scores and undergraduate GPAs predict students’ performance on the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK exams on the first attempt or ever, their progression to year three on time or with an extra year, and their graduation from medical school within four or five years.

National Data on Medical Student Success Outcomes

Explore national data on medical student success outcomes from the most recent cohorts available. The data describe how well undergraduate GPAs (total and BCPM) and MCAT scores predict medical student performance on the Step 1 exam (first attempt and ever), the Step 2 CK exam (first attempt and ever), on-time progression to year three, progression to year three with an extra year, and graduation from medical school within four or five years.

Exploring MCAT/GPA Thresholds in Medical School Admissions: Insights from
the MCAT Learning Lab

In this video, representatives from three medical schools who participated in the inaugural MCAT Learning Lab discuss their approach to exploring and changing MCAT/GPA thresholds for their medical school admission processes. The initiative sought answers to pivotal questions: What issues are addressed by MCAT/GPA thresholds? Is reform feasible? What steps initiate change? Which levers can be used to drive this change and sustain a successful transformation? How should success be quantified?

Title card of the Closer Look video What Does the MCAT Exam Measure?

A Closer Look is a series of microlearning videos to help admissions officers and their admissions committees understand the content of the MCAT exam and how it is scored. These videos were created to help you and your committees consider MCAT scores as one element in your holistic admissions process. 

Current MCAT 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. They show how the scores of your applicants compare to the scores of everyone who took the exam. Every year on May 1, the percentile ranks are updated using data from the most recent three years. 

MCAT Validity Report 2020

Read the latest findings on how well MCAT scores and other academic metrics predict students’ performance throughout medical school, from entry to graduation. The findings in this 2020 report show for the first time the validity of MCAT scores in predicting medical students’ Step 2 CK performance and graduation in four years.

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.