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Understanding the New MCAT Scores

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

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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.

Timeline:

2015

Month

Resource

April    

2015 Score Release Dates

June

Official percentile ranks published for the new exam

Using MCAT Data in Medical Student Selection

November

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


2016

Month  

Resource

January   

2016 Score Release Dates

February 

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.

July

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

October

National 2016 applicant and enrollment data released

2017

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

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