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I've decided to do a little research and try to find out if there is some sort of correlation between the scores one has received on the ACT/SAT tests and the scores received on the MCAT. I'm still a high school student and I'm just very curious if there is some way to predict future MCAT success. I just got my September ACT back and I got a 30 composite, which I was pretty happy with, considering it was what I was shooting for.

If everyone who has taken the ACT/SAT and then the MCAT could post their scores in some sort of order like this:

ACT:XX
SAT:XXXX
MCAT:XX

I would greatly appreciate it.. I also know that this isn't necessarily a great prediction, but I'm just practicing some research for my Psychology AP class. Thanks!:cool:
 
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I got the exact same score on the ACT as i did on the MCAT. My mentor told me that is what i would make too. *kinda freaky* I think that they can be correlated but not necissarily. Everyone has good...and bad test taking days.
 

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SAT: 1350
MCAT: 28

No correlation.:(
 

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Here's an oddity. I took the ACT twice in high school. Got a 22 the first time, studied a little bit and ended up with a 26 the second time. Would've had a 27 if I hadn't gone down in one section (I think it was math). Took the mcat twice in college (april, august 2002). First time, got a 22, studied a little bit more got a 26. Would've had a 27 if I hadn't gone down in one section, biology. HAs a bit of a dejavu feeling to it doesnt' it?
 

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Interesting study - no correlation with me at all:

SAT: 1560
GRE: 2300

MCAT: 27
 
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I don't mean bag on anyone, but this thread gives me some inspiration. I was somewhat worried that since I only got a 1040 on my SAT, my MCAT score won't be that great (thinking strictly about my performance on standerdized(sp?) tests). But hey, if Wall$treet can get a 30 on the MCAT with a 1040 SAT, then I could too!
 

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someone did this awhile back with SAT verbal and MCAT verbal score:

here were some results:
760 10
750 10
800 9
630 13-15
680 8
730 13-15
740 13-15
750 11
790 12
640 7
720 12
710 10
570 8,9
660 11
620 10
760 11
730 10
550 12
800 11
710 11
800 12
800 13
600 10
660 11
 

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I think you'd get a much better correlation between MCAT verbal and SAT verbal, since the verbal sections of these tests are the closest to an IQ test. And supposedly IQ remains relatively constant over time. At least thats what I've read so far in The Bell Curve. Take it for what it's worth.
 

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Originally posted by Adcadet
I think you'd get a much better correlation between MCAT verbal and SAT verbal, since the verbal sections of these tests are the closest to an IQ test. And supposedly IQ remains relatively constant over time. At least thats what I've read so far in The Bell Curve. Take it for what it's worth.
Perhaps, although SAT verbal always seemed to me to measure more vocabulary than intelligence...I remember taking it and just not knowing what a lot of the words meant (scored 560 on SAT verbal, 11 on MCAT verbal)...MCAT verbal may be closer to an IQ test in terms of reasoning, although there are still going to be many other factors that prevent accuracy (slow readers, non-native speakers, etc.)
 
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Anyone find it interesting that U of C/Pritzker's secondary asks for your SAT/ACT scores? Does any other secondary do so?
 

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evms and usuhs also ask for sat scores
 

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so does jefferson
 

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Interesting study, no correlation at all..

ACT : 25
SAT : 1280
MCAT: 37
 
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this is interesting... all the advisors i've talked to have said there's a strong correlation btw SAT and MCAT scores. maybe there's not...

SAT: 1400
MCAT: 32
 

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Originally posted by PluckyDuk8
Anyone find it interesting that U of C/Pritzker's secondary asks for your SAT/ACT scores? Does any other secondary do so?
Wash U (even asks for High School GPA and ranking!
 

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i got a 23 on the reading part and a 21 on the grammar part........and 570 on SAT verbal........pathetic...huh?.......ended up with a 10 on mcat verbal.......its a completely different ball game...........



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29 Reading
26 English
9 V MCAT

MCAT verbal has 3 types of passages: Humanities, Soc Science, Nat Science
From what I remember, the SAT (1992) and ACT (1992) did not have any reading passages pertaining to the natural sciences. As a previous post stated, there really is no correlation between SAT verbal and MCAT Verbal. I don't know about ACT correlation though, but I'm guessing that there's no correlation either.
 

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Originally posted by Adcadet
I think you'd get a much better correlation between MCAT verbal and SAT verbal, since the verbal sections of these tests are the closest to an IQ test. And supposedly IQ remains relatively constant over time. At least thats what I've read so far in The Bell Curve. Take it for what it's worth.
hmm... i don't think the SAT verbal tests IQ. maybe to some extent, but it is a huge vocabulary test. a non-native english speaking genius might have a lot of trouble with it.
 

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SAT 1400
MCAT 27

not really a high correlation there :( i think the correlation exists because some people are good test takers and will do well on any standardized test.
 

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I know that i improved greatly in terms of reading and such (which is MOST important) my senior year in high school. I just started to get more interested in reading, philosophy, the humanities in general, and became more scholarly, although I have always had madd fun. I did well on the SAT but I don't think there is any correlation besides a ballpark figure. All that matters is did you take diagnostics? Those are the KEY to cracking the tests. it certainly is the key with the MCAT. just take madd practice tests, and you'll certainly get a 28-33, I think

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I just want to thank everyone for their info.. Appears to me that there isn't really any definite correlation as of now, although we only have a very small sample of info. I'm just curious what is considered a "good" MCAT Score. I've seen numerous times that 29-30 is an average MCAT.
 

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Originally posted by BKadow
I'm just curious what is considered a "good" MCAT Score. I've seen numerous times that 29-30 is an average MCAT.
29-30 is the avg MCAT of people getting into med school, I believe. Not sure on that though... The average MCAT is around a 24...
 
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