i just had a talk with my premed advisor in regard to retaking the mcat. his advice was based on the percentile breakdowns of the subtest scores. what i want to know, is why the hell aren't the points in each subtest given with EQUAL increasing order of difficulty. for example on the SAT, a 700 is about the 90th% and a 730 is 93%. you get a nice standard curve and you know exactly where you stood relative to your peers. why is a 10 on the bio 64-84%!!!!! that is such a HUGE percentile range. the students flanking these percentiles have no buisiness getting the same score! a 64% student gets a 10, and a 91% scoring student gets an 11. schools may think the 11 did just a bit better than the 10, but in reality they are nowhere near eachother. why don't schools just get the difinitive percentiles? i've heard that they do this so that students with similar ability will get the same score when they take and retake. this is a load of b.s.! similar ability is not a 20% bracket, it's about 5%. if a student does better than another then he deserves a better score! in addition after a twelve, every score is almost identical! a 95.7% gets a 12 but a 99% gets a 14. that's 2 points for a 3.3% difference! (maybe two problems!!!) a 98.7 gets a 13 but a 99% gets a 14! this must be one problem! i think people get blown away when they hear of scores like a 40, but they don't realize how similar this is to a 35. in terms of percentiles, a 13, 14,14 is like a 1590 on the sat. an 11,12,12 is like a 1530 (about 95%). what about a 40 and a 33 (11,11,11) this 33 corresponds to the 93% which is about a 1500. if you heard 1500 vs. 1530 or even 1590 you'd say "all geniuses, hard to differentiate." but if you heard 33,35 and 40 you'd say very different things. the mcat does an extremely poor job of differentiating students! that's why i get so pissed off when receiving advice on whether or not to retake. maybe i'm bitter, but i thought this breakdown was ******ed even before i took the test. oh yeah, why do you need a 75% on the verbal to get a 10, but you only need a 64% on the bio to get a 10. people say get a 10,10,10 but these are very different scores in themselves!