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

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by Lacipart, May 6, 2007.

  1. Lacipart

    Lacipart M1 at UW-Madison 5+ Year Member

    May 2, 2007
    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

    scotties123 GrandMacDaddy 10+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    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.
  4. DrBowtie

    DrBowtie Final Countdown Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Didn't hold true for me at all. Too many variables like study length, strength of ugrad preparation etc.
  5. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    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 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Lexington KY
    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....
  7. apricotattack

    apricotattack 10+ Year Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Western US
    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

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada
    I never took the ACT....I want a SAT predictor!
  9. lilmirsk1


    Oct 31, 2006
    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.
  10. bioteach

    bioteach MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    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.
  11. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    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.
  12. ILPsychDoc

    ILPsychDoc 5+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    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
  13. shantster

    shantster Eye protection! 10+ Year Member

    That predicted me about 4 points lower than I actually scored. I agree with others. There's too many variables.
  14. Anastasis

    Anastasis caffeinated for safety Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    7 points lower for me.
  15. burningsky

    burningsky 5+ Year Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Detroit, MI
    23 Act 34 Mcat

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