bme94

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Jul 1, 2015
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Hi,

I was reviewing my AAMC scored practice full length from a couple months ago, and it gave me a 121...but what I don't understand is that I answered almost 50% of the questions correctly...shouldn't this be closer to a 123? I'm really confused.

I've improved since then, it's just something I noticed. Thanks.
 

kamakazi5

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Nov 8, 2007
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Scores are based on percentiles, not the amount you specifically got correct. Even if you got 95% correct, if half of everyone else did as well, your score would still only be a 127-128.

That's why sometimes people say the MCAT is "curved." It's not really a curve but if you happen to get a brutal section that everyone does poorly on then you may only need to get 60% correct for a relatively decent score. The reason it's not a curve is because you still need to get more correct than everyone else.