Understanding the New MCAT Scores

Learn more about scores from the new MCAT exam and how you can help your students understand their scores.

Launched in April 2015, the new MCAT exam is now in its third year of testing. While scores from the new exam have been used in both the 2016 and 2017 application cycles, what these scores mean and how they are used in medical school admissions decisions continues to develop for admissions officers, pre-health advisors, and students.

As you work with students to help them make important decisions about when and where to apply to medical school or whether or not to retest, the following timeline outlines when data about scoring on the new exam is expected to be released.

In our continuous effort to keep you and your students informed, we will update this page as more information becomes available.






2015 Score Release Dates


Official percentile ranks published for the new exam

Using MCAT Data in Medical Student Selection


Early research findings from the validity research on the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section.


Month   Resource


2016 Score Release Dates


MCAT Year at a Glance: 2015

May          Percentile ranks updated to include all exam results from April through September 2015. You can view these percentile ranks here.


Guide for Medical School Admissions Committees: Using MCAT(R) Data in 2017 Medical Student Selection


National 2016 applicant and enrollment data released



Month Resource
May Percentile ranks will be updated to include all exam results from 2015 and 2016 on May 1, 2017. These percentile ranks will be in effect from May 1, 2017-April 30, 2018.
July Guide for medical school admission committees to be released: Using MCAT(R) Data in 2018 Medical Student Selection.
October National 2017 applicant and enrollment data released


Overview of the New MCAT Scores

FAQs for Advisors About the New MCAT Exam

See the Scoring tab for answers to frequently asked questions related the new exam scoring.

Understanding Your Student's MCAT Score Report

Your student's MCAT score report provides a great deal of information designed to highlight their strengths and weaknesses.

The New Score Scales for the 2015 MCAT® Exam

This guide provides an overview of the new MCAT score scales and provides admissions officers guidance in making the transition to the new score scales.

Medical school policies for accepting scores from the old and the new MCAT® exams

This document displays medical school policies for accepting scores from the old and the new MCAT® exams. Policies are subject to change; contact individual medical schools for the most current information.