Find out about the MCAT score conversion from the old to new MCAT, similarities & differences, and the benefits of using percentile ranks…

Guide to the New MCAT Score Conversion – How Does Your Score Compare?

MCAT Score Conversion

Greet change with a smile.

The MCAT has taken a new shift. 

Is it for better or for worse? From the old MCAT to new MCAT, many would disagree with the new scoring system. 

The MCAT score range has changed. The inclusion of new sections and MCAT percentiles are the key takeaways in this new MCAT scoring. 

I think the old MCAT score range was simpler. It was easier to understand. And the range isn’t as extensive to the current MCAT score range. 

If you take a closer look, the range in the old MCAT score scale of 15 is the same in the new MCAT score scale. 

What’s the point then? Well, keep reading! 

Old MCAT vs. New MCAT

Whether or not you dislike the MCAT score percentiles system, it’s still useful to compare your performance to students and schools from all over. 

What does that mean? 

It means aiming for a higher MCAT score based on the new MCAT percentiles. 

Now, let’s break down the new MCAT scoring and the old vs. new MCAT scores. 

Old MCAT Score Chart

Length of exam: 5 hours

  • 1 writing section
  • 3 multiple-choice sections
  • Sections have a score range between 1 to 15, with a total score ranging between 3 to 45.

MCAT Sections: 

  • Verbal
  • Physical Science
  • Biological Science

New MCAT Score Chart

Length of exam: 7 hours

  • No writing section
  • 4 multiple-choice sections
  • Sections have a score range between 118 to 132, with a total score ranging between 472 to 528

MCAT Sections: 

  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
  • Psychological, Social, And Biological Foundations of Behavior

Old vs. New MCAT: Similarities 

The score range for both the old and new MCAT still have a range of 15. (1 – 15 on the old MCAT scale and 118 – 132 on the new MCAT scale) 

From the old MCAT to new MCAT, the scale in scoring for both the old and new MCAT is quite similar then. The new MCAT score is just the old MCAT score in disguise. 

Old vs. New MCAT: Differences

From the old MCAT to new MCAT, there are considerable differences.

Starting with the new MCAT without any writing section and a longer exam length. There are also now 4 MCAT sections.

The key differences, though, are the MCAT percentiles. The scoring system in the new MCAT is more intimidating than the old MCAT with a range of 1 – 15. 

What Does This Change Mean?

While the score range is practically the same, comparing these scores and converting your score from the new MCAT to old MCAT or vice versa should be taken with a grain of salt.  

What this means then is even with the recent changes, the MCAT is still like any other exam designed to measure how well you perform in the test academically, analytically, and in pacing/test strategy.

Old to New MCAT Conversion: Score & Percentiles

Old MCATNew MCATMCAT Percentiles
45528>99
44527>99
43527>99
42526>99
41525>99
40524>99
39523>99
3852299
3752099
3651898
3551796
3451595
3351492
3251290
3151085
3050880
2950674
2850468
2750361
2650158
2549951
2449844
2349641
2249434
2149328
2049125
1949020
1848818
1748614
1648510
154848
144837
134826
124805
114793
104782
94772
84771
74761
64751
5474<1
4473<1
3472<1

Old MCAT to New MCAT Conversion: Scores and Percentiles for Sections/Individual Topics

Old MCATNew MCATMCAT Percentiles
15132>99
14131>99
13130>99
12129>99
11128>99
10127>99
912699
812599
712498
612396
512295
412192
312090
211985
111880

Frequently Asked Questions

Conclusion

While the new changes to the MCAT may be unappealing to some, the percentile ranks are a great measure to help you in your medical school application. 

At the end of the day, don’t focus too much on scores and ranks. The MCAT is more than just about testing your knowledge.

To succeed in the MCAT, read about how others share their success stories in preparing for the exam. 

References

  1. https://students-residents.aamc.org/advisors/article/percentile-ranks-for-the-mcat-exam/
  2. https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/new-student-success-stories-how-i-prepared-mcat-ex/