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Hmm... possible ACT -> MCAT conversion/predictor?

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by Lacipart, May 6, 2007.

  1. Lacipart

    Lacipart M1 at UW-Madison
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    Stumbled across this strange correlation. In my school the average ACT is a 26, and it seems that the average MCAT is like a 25. Upon further questioning of half a dozen seniors and my brothers I collected this data

    ACT: 29 | MCAT: 27 | Difference: -2
    ACT: 30 | MCAT: 29 | Difference: -1
    ACT: 32 | MCAT: 30 | Difference: -2
    ACT: 27 | MCAT: 25 | Difference: -2
    ACT: 29 | MCAT: 29 | Difference: -0
    ACT: 34 | MCAT: 32 | Difference: -2
    ACT: 26 | MCAT: 24 | Difference: -2
    ACT: 27 | MCAT: 26 | Difference: -1
    ACT: 31 | MCAT: 28 | Difference: -3

    Seems like on average MCAT is about your ACT score minus two. Any thoughts?

    For SAT people, SAT:ACT Table
     
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  3. scotties123

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    doubtful...at least for me. i got a 24 on my ACTs, but ive been gettin 33+ on my practice exams. guess ill see on test day.
     
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    Didn't hold true for me at all. Too many variables like study length, strength of ugrad preparation etc.
     
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    Exactly - plus this has been discussed several times before. Do a search if you're interested in more data. :)
     
  6. MWK

    MWK Over-represented majority
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    I got 31 ACT and my most recent kaplan full length was 32. I will buck your trend!

    Different test styles, IMO. Its been 5 years since the ACT so I dont quite remember, but obviously there was nearly no knowledge that needed to be brought into the exam, just an analytical mind.


    I would be interested to see the reading section vs verbal.

    I got a 34 reading but just 9 VR....
     
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    A friend of mine got a 28 ACT, 34 MCAT

    there goes your trend :p (which I'm happy about, I don't want a 27 MCAT!!!)​
     
  8. jochi1543

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    I never took the ACT....I want a SAT predictor!
     
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    I got a 24 on the act, just got my April mcat back and was worried this thread was going to hold true but I got a 30. So maybe there is a correlation but it doesn't always hold true.
     
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    28 on the ACT and 33 on the MCATs. Of course, I took them 12 years apart, so I would be surprised if there was any kind of correlation.
     
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    32 ACT --> 36 MCAT.

    So the data added so far in this thread makes it look like your MCAT should be plus or minus 4 points of your ACT... Wow, knowing that would have changed everything! :smuggrin:

    I'd advise no one of putting any guff into a "predictor." Being someone who bought into it at one point, I think it's just a ploy for people with higher ACTs to justify to themselves less studying for the MCAT.
     
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    This was my previous MCAT regression post N=~60

    I am applying to medschool for 2008 and am currently finishing my masters in I/O psych (statistics). I couldnt resist plugging the numbers in SPSS... heres what they say:

    Significant Correlation of .419 , so the scores are positively related.

    To predict your score from our sample: .013*(your SAT score) + 15.651

    So I got a 1250 on the SAT, I could expect around a 31.901
     
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    That predicted me about 4 points lower than I actually scored. I agree with others. There's too many variables.
     
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    7 points lower for me.
     
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    23 Act 34 Mcat
     

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