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New MCAT Score Ranges

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Espadaleader, May 14, 2014.

  1. Espadaleader

    Espadaleader 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2010
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  3. mke520

    mke520 2+ Year Member

    Jan 24, 2014
  4. acslater99

    acslater99 2+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    It's okay. But I do like the "equated" thing.

    Edit* Basically 500 is like the 30 from the current MCAT?
  5. Espadaleader

    Espadaleader 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2010
    Score range from 118-132 for a total score of 472-528. CRAZY DIFFERENT.

    "Yeah bro, I studied for 2 days and got a 525" lol
  6. LaceyMD

    LaceyMD 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2014
    No, 500 would not be equivalent to a 30. 125 is going to be the midpoint on each section - basically, it's a 14 point scale, spread over some funky interval instead of just 1-14. So a 125 in any section would essentially be a 7, which to my mind should be equivalent to a 7 or 8 on the current MCAT. So a 500 would equate more to a 21-24ish.

    I do feel badly for the first batch or two of pre-meds applying with this scale, as they'll have to try to equate that back to the old scores to figure out where they are a good fit for applying (unless AAMC does some sort of scale conversion for the MSAR).
  7. nOchemallday

    nOchemallday 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2013
    First wave will probably be scr*wed. My bet is that after the first wave, they'll just equate scores based on percentiles unil the new scores become the norm.
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  8. nemo123

    nemo123 5+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2011
    I guess this kind of makes sense since having a 60 system against a 45 system might cause a couple mix ups within the adcom (if they don't read an app carefully).
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  9. PleaseCallMeDoc

    PleaseCallMeDoc Hi 2+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Well.... before we say the first wave is screwed, lets look at 118 to 132. Counting from 118, isn't that 15?
    15 is the current section point system. They pretty much kept the same system, just added a 117 before the score, and added an extra section.
    Now if the goal score for everyone is 30-33, or losing 4-5 in each section, we can assume the goal score is going to be between 508-512.
    Want to get close the equivalent of a 36? Well, losing about 3 points from each section, we can assume the score for a 36 will be around a 516.

    Now, these are just my predictions. We shall see what happens

    EDIT: Look what @nemo123 posted. It all makes sense. Don't fix what is not broken, but don't add confusion.
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  10. Boolean


    Oct 14, 2013
    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I suppose for a while we won't quite have an idea of what a "corresponding" score would be, eh?
  11. lnvictus

    lnvictus 2+ Year Member

    Mar 24, 2014
    As part of the first wave.... F***
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  12. Espadaleader

    Espadaleader 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2010
    This is typical SDN inflated syndrome. Remember, a 30 is in the 80th percentile of MCAT test takers, even though a 30 is far below the median 50th percentile of most matriculants into MD programs. Some schools have 33+ (91st percentile) as a 10th percentile applicants/matriculants.
  13. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    Exactly. Reality is pretty impressively distorted here. Lower 30s is a great score that, assuming no obvious issues, will put you in a great position to get an acceptance. Get a 36 or above and you're golden.

    Unfortunately this seems lost on most people or people have unrealistic goals (ie, "I must go to Harvard!").

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  14. circulus vitios

    circulus vitios 7+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    How many millions of dollars did they spend on that piece of **** test? Wonder if they're going to jack up the examination cost.
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  15. Pholaffle

    Pholaffle 2+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2014
    I read they're going to increase the cost to compensate for the extra time that proctors have to be there, given that the test will be extended by a few hours.
  16. compstomper

    compstomper 7+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Good lord am I glad to have gotten this over with. Whew.
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  17. Person0715

    Person0715 Socially awkward 2+ Year Member

    May 12, 2011
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  18. circulus vitios

    circulus vitios 7+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2008
    Doesn't surprise me after seeing the $50 gift card they handed out to applicants who put in a "good faith effort" on the 2014 trial section, when they really just jacked the price up $50 to offset the gift card. Thank god I don't have to take this abomination.
  19. Narmerguy

    Narmerguy Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2007
    A related recent thread with some discussion on the new MCAT scoring:

    To be honest, the new scale won't change much because they're going to give out percentiles just like they always have. All a school needs is just to compare percentile-to-percentile to get the equivalent comparison on the old test. The scale of the "score" itself is really doesn't matter.
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  20. PreMedOrDead

    PreMedOrDead I'm sure you'll get in... 5+ Year Member

    May 19, 2012
    A dark, dark cave
    Who cares about the score, it'll end up being judged based on percentiles anyways.

    I never understood why the test isn't scored primarily by percentile in the first place. Sure, the exact score isn't an exact percentile, but the ranges are there and serve the same purpose. 1-45 is just as ambiguous and intuition-dodging as 1-1337 or 600-2600. It's all gibberish and relies on a frame of reference, whereas a percentile is pretty clear where the person is on the scale of test takers because it tells you exactly that.

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