The MCAT is the test that you have to take to get into medical school in the United States. It’s a tough test. It’s a tough test on purpose. And interestingly enough, though it is an incredibly painful test, it has been shown over and over and over that it actually works to determine who will do well in medical school and who will do well as a physician. So as much as we hate, we all hate these tests, it’s a very important one.
A little bit about this test. There are four sections. Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Verbal Reasoning and Writing Sample. They’re all theoretically equally important but I would actually argue that the first three: Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Verbal Reasoning are really the most important. And those are scored in numbers. The highest number you can get is a 15. So, the best MCAT score you could possibly get is a 45. The Writing Sample is a letter grade, but we’re really just going to stick with the numbered ones.
I would argue, and actually the data out of the medical school shows, that if you get an MCAT of 30 or above with 10, 10, 10 across the board and that means 10 in Physical Sciences, 10 in Biological Sciences and 10 in Verbal Reasoning, you are more likely to get into medical school. So I would argue the bottom score for being viable for medical school admissions is a 30, and you want to be even across the board.