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Understanding Your MCAT Score Report

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Your MCAT score report provides a great deal of information designed to highlight your strengths and weaknesses.

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Understanding the components of your MCAT score report is not only important for you personally, but also because this is the same information that admissions committees will be using to evaluate your readiness for success in the medical school curricula.

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Components

Percentile Ranks

The percentile ranks provided on your score report show the percentages of test takers who received the same scores or lower scores on the exam than you did.  They show how your scores compare to the scores of other examinees.

Every year on May 1, the percentile ranks are updated using data from one or more testing years.  These annual updates ensure that the percentile ranks reflect current and stable information about your scores. This means that changes in percentile ranks from one year to another reflect meaningful changes in the scores of examinees, rather than year-to-year fluctuations.  Updating percentile ranks is consistent with industry practice.

Please note the new percentile ranks are very similar to the percentile ranks in use from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. You can view the percentile ranks here. For more information, see the FAQ How do I understand my percentile ranks?

If you look at your scores in the Score Reporting System after May 1, you will see these percentile ranks. Please note that percentile ranks will not change much from one year to the next.

Confidence Bands

Confidence bands show the accuracy of your section and total scores. Similar to the past version of the MCAT exam and other standardized tests, scores from the MCAT exam will not be perfectly precise. Scores can be affected or influenced by many factors. Confidence bands mark the ranges in which your "true scores" likely lie. Confidence bands help signal the inaccuracy of test scores and are intended to discourage distinctions between applicants with similar scores.

Score Profiles

Score profiles are included to show you your strengths and weaknesses across all four sections of the exam. This section of the score report can be used to help you determine areas to focus on, should you decide to retake the exam.

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