When applying to medical school and studying for the MCAT, everyone dreams of getting a great score, or even a perfect score. That’s the goal and that’s the hope. However, not everyone can get a perfect score, and not even most people can get a great score. Because of the way the MCAT is designed, most people who take the test will actually fall into the “average” category.
What if my MCAT score is average?
What should you do if your MCAT score is average? It really depends on a number of other factors, such as your GPA, your research, what schools you are targeting, and what else you bring to the application. An average MCAT doesn’t doom you because, as mentioned above, most people actually fall into the average category. If you have an excellent GPA, some research, and multiple volunteer activities that you can cite on your application, then it might be worth giving it a shot with applying with an average MCAT score.
If your GPA is low, then having a high MCAT score might be the best way to get your foot in the door. In this scenario, it might be worthwhile to try taking the exam again and getting an above average or even excellent score.
The Big Picture
In the end, the MCAT and your GPA are the means of getting that interview to medical school. Once you have that invite, other factors like the interview really will determine whether or not you get in. Each application is going to be slightly different and there is no magic number to say that one MCAT score will get you in and another won’t. Having a good adviser to go over your whole application will be crucial to maximizing your chances of success in getting that sought-after interview.