Highest MCAT Score–What is It and How Do I Get It?

With the new MCAT comes a new scoring system and point scale. MCAT 45 is no longer the standard of perfection for aspiring medical students. Students may be wondering about the highest MCAT score–what is it and how do I get it?

Highest MCAT Score

The first part of the question is much easier to answer: The highest MCAT score under the new system and point scale is a 528.

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The second part of the question–how do you get a 528–is much trickier. There is no set formula for how to get a 528: there are no number of hours you can put into studying or number of formulas you need to know to guarantee you will get a 528. In fact, it more than likely involves some luck–getting some passages that are easier for you to read, a few lucky guesses on questions here and there. Rather than a formula to guarantee a perfect score, here are some principles that will increase your likelihood of getting that 528.

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  1. Study hard in your undergraduate classes. There is no test preparation company or books that will provide you as much depth of study as your college undergraduate classes. Working hard in these classes and learning them well will provide you the foundation to do well in the MCAT subjects. Along those lines..
  2. Take many different and many difficult classes in college. If your goal is truly to get a 528, don’t settle for the introductory level chemistry or physics class. Take the more advanced ones and take upper level classes. The better you understand the theory and science, the better prepared you will be to ace the MCAT. Remember, the MCAT tests your ability to work with the introductory level material. Do you know what else makes your work with introductory material? Upper level classes! Also take a wide range of classes–take history, English, sociology. The more well-versed you are in multiple subjects, the better prepared you will be for reading passages in the CARS section.
  3. Schedule your specific MCAT studying in advance and stick to your regimen. It takes discipline to study for the MCAT. It also takes time to master the specific exam material, even if you are advanced in the science concepts. Give yourself enough time to work on and address your weaknesses. Magoosh can help assist you to stay on track.
  4. Relax and get a good night’s sleep. The pursuit of perfection can be stressful and tiring. You need to be on your A game on test day. If you’ve done the previous steps, take the day before the exam to relax, eat well, and get at least seven to eight hours of sleep.

Will these steps guarantee you a 528? Nope. If anyone promises a surefire method to get a 528, they may also have a bridge over Brooklyn they are trying to sell you. In the end, hard work and preparation will pay off, even if it isn’t in the form of a perfect score.


  • Burton

    Burton is an MCAT blogger. He was an undergraduate at Harvard, where he majored in History before switching gears to pursue a career in medicine. He did a post-baccalaureate and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is applying for a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Outside of things medical, he’s a huge sports fan and loves football, basketball, and baseball.

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