What's a good practice test score?
by MCAT Publishing Staff
What's a good practice test score? We get asked this question a lot. A lot!
The current MCAT has a score range from 472 to 528. This might seem quite
different from the old 3 to 45 range (1 to 15 per section), but it's really, really not:
Current MCAT : 528 - 472 = 56 points
56 points / 4 sections = 14 points per section
Old MCAT : 45 - 3 = 42 points
42 points / 3 sections = 14 points per section
Why the new scale? Well, the new MCAT has four sections, not three. The old score of 45 was the
ideal "perfect" score. If the scale didn't change, four sections would require a perfect score of
60, and getting a 45 on the MCAT would only be the 75% of the total after 2015.
"I got a 45" in 2014 would be awesome.
"I got a 45" in 2016 would be good, but not as impressive.
To avoid this type of confusion, the AAMC adjusted the scale, but not the range.
So, what is a "good" MCAT score on a practice test? Isn't it all relative? Doesn't
it matter how many tests you've taken, when the real MCAT is, and what you've
been working on? Isn't everyone different? The answer will surprise you:
For over ten years, our answer has been the same: "Your practice test score is +1 point".
That's it! For every practice test you take, no matter how many right and wrong answers
you submit, you get a "plus one" on your MCAT ability. If you woke up that morning as a
498, taking a practice test will transform you to a 499. The act of taking the test, whatever
the result, gets you better prepared for the real thing.
Don't obsess over a practice test result. Learn from your mistakes. Know that you're
getting better at this. Things don't get easier, You get stronger. One point at a time.
MCAT Publishing, INC
Expert Preparation Materials
Contact Us | Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | Register for the MCAT
© 2001-2016 MCAT Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved | Press / Media | @MCATpublishing
MCAT® is a registered trademark of the Association of American Medical Colleges