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Average scores of ACCEPTED *VS* MATRICULATED medical students

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by zut212, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. zut212

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    The AVERAGE score for an ACCEPTED student is 30.8. However, a person who scored very high may have been accepted at more than one school. This person then goes to the most selective school (i.e. the school with the highest MCAT score).

    Therefore, the MATRICULATED scores should be slightly lower.

    According to my data, I would say that the average score of an MD graduate is about 1-2 points lower than the average accepted score.

    Does anyone know where I can obtain the average MATRICULATED SCORES? BTW, the 30.8 score is pretty high for an ACCEPTED score.
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    This is from AAMC: "Many medical schools are beginning to take a holistic approach to reviewing applicants,
    evaluating them on the basis of their academic and personal achievements and within the context
    of the opportunities and challenges each has encountered. The applicants to medical school this
    year were among the most academically qualified in history; AAMC data show an increase in the
    average undergraduate grade point average (to 3.50) and average MCAT (Medical College
    Admission Test) scores (to 28.1). Importantly, there was also an increase in the number of
    applicants who had community service experience (both clinical and non-clinical) and medical
    research experience on their premedical resumes."



    I thought that the average score for ACCEPTED students was 30.8, and the average for MATRICULATED students was a little lower. I realize that the average score, overall, is around 24.
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    AAMC wrote that: "Many medical schools are beginning to take a holistic approach to reviewing applicants,
    evaluating them on the basis of their academic and personal achievements and within the context
    of the opportunities and challenges each has encountered. The applicants to medical school this
    year were among the most academically qualified in history; AAMC data show an increase in the
    average undergraduate grade point average (to 3.50) and average MCAT (Medical College
    Admission Test) scores (to 28.1). Importantly, there was also an increase in the number of
    applicants who had community service experience (both clinical and non-clinical) and medical
    research experience on their premedical resumes."


    Therefore, it seems that the new "average MCAT" is 28.1. This average can NOT be the average of all people who took the MCAT. I believe that the average MCAT scores of all people who took it is ~24.

    BTW, your number, 30.8, is the average for ACCEPTED MCAT scores. ACCEPTED scores are higher than MATRICULATED, since a 36 score can get accepted to 10 different medical schools.
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    How old is that notice from the AAMC. Even most state schools have a higher MCAT average than 28 now.
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    At no point in that piece does it say that any of these students were "accepted." I believe that this is saying that of ALL the people who applied to medical school this year (regardless of acceptance or rejection) that the average MCAT was a 28.1 and the average gpa was a 3.50. This has nothing to do with the accepted or matriculated averages.
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    What he said. I'm actually surprised the applicant averages are that high.
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    The AAMC statement says it's for APPLICANTS, NOT ACCEPTED OR MATRICULATED. In fact, those scores are reported in the graph I posted as the APPLICANT scores for 2008. APPLICANT scores include people who were not accepted to medical school.

    The table I posted clearly states MATRICULANT scores.

    Here is the table again, this time in html: http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...df average matriculant mcat score&hl=en&gl=us
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    seriously. Im just glad im in now...my stats in 2-3 years probably wouldnt be good enough haha.
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    applicants probably taking more mcats now that they're year-round?
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    You're 100% correct. The AVERAGE score for ALL MCAT takers is an amazingly high 28.1. I was very surprised by this.

    I'm taking the Kaplan practice exams, and their scaled score tables mention that the average scores per section is 24. This is why I thought that the average score was a 24.

    Goodness gracious me. I'm in trouble. I'm only making 26 on the Kaplan practice.

    Perhaps the Kaplan average of 8 equates to the REAL MCAT average of 9.3. Therefore, my scores is - when scaled using the MCAT curve - a 26*(9.3/8) = 30.2?
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    Don't count on it! That being said, Kaplan's tests aren't exactly known for their accuracy in terms of difficulty, so I wouldn't worry about it too much; just keep plugging away and worry if your AAMC practice test average is still a 26!
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    Stop worrying about average accepted vs matriculated vs whatever. Learn the material, practice, and do the best you can. Breaking 30 would be a good initial goal to have.
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    False...the average MCAT for all applicants appears to be 28.1...the average MCAT for all test takers is much lower...usually around 24 IIRC. You are clearly not understanding what all this average MCAT/GPA talk means. AVG scores are going to be different for acceptees, matriculants, applicants AND overall MCAT takers...not sure what is so difficult about this?
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    Imagine the applicants 10 years from now. :scared:
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    Already corrected
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    Take a lot of practice tests, but realize that your first 2-4 practice test scores are going to be terribly inaccurate. I don't know how many tests you've taken so far, but I nearly had a panic attack when I got a 22 on my first practice test (and like 24-27 on the next few). These scores did not reflect what I got on the actual test. Also, some practice tests are much more difficult than others depending on the source (as someone mentioned above, practice tests by any given company may be more or less difficult).
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    Threads merged. Please do not cross-post.

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    Just in case anyone is wondering, according to MSAR the median for accepted students is a 32. If you're going to go by numbers I think it's a bit more accurate to go by the median but either way doesn't matter since the sample size is so large.

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