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Advice for MCAT Scores and National Averages

Hey guys, I'm planning on taking the MCAT in the next year. I've heard that the national average score is around 500. What scores should I be aiming for to be competitive for medical school? Is there some sort of guideline to help gauge this? Feeling a little bit lost here.

6 months ago

Hey there! You're correct that the national average MCAT score is around 500, but aiming for a competitive score really depends on the medical schools you're interested in. While a 500 might be the average, aspiring med students typically aim for a higher score to be competitive.

For top-tier medical schools, you should aim for a score of 515 or above, as this puts you in the 90th percentile of test-takers. More broadly, a score above 510 is considered strong for most medical schools. However, different schools have varying minimum score requirements, so it's important to research the target schools you want to apply to and understand their specific expectations.

Additionally, consider factors beyond just your MCAT score: your GPA, extracurricular activities, research experience, letters of recommendation, and personal statement all contribute to your overall application. A strong MCAT score will improve your chances, but med schools evaluate applicants holistically.

In summary, aim for at least 510 to be competitive for most medical schools, and consider aiming for 515 or higher if you're targeting top-tier programs. Remember, though, that the MCAT is only one factor of your overall application, so ensure that you also focus on strengthening other aspects. Good luck with your MCAT prep!

6 months ago

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