There are many kinds of test forms followed in a given year. These tests are designed to measure the same basic concepts and skills, but each format contains different kinds of questions. Though examiners ensure each form is equivalent in difficulty, one form may be slightly more or less difficult than another. The conversion of number correct scores to scaled scores, through a process called equating which tries to compensates for small variations in difficulty between sets of questions. The exact conversion of number correct to scaled scores is not constant because each conversion is tailored to the specific set of questions included on a test form.
A 15-point scale tries to provide a more mature and stable assessment of a student’s performance. Many experts believe scaling system gives a kind of assessment which is more influential than the number score system. For example, three students with equal preparation who answered different sets of questions would be expected to get the same scaled even though there might be a slight difference between the number correct scores each student obtained on their form.
After each exam, AAMC scales and equates the score of the candidates. This process takes around 30 to 35 days. The main purpose of scaling and equating is followed to account for small or minimal differences when one set of candidates answers difficult questions than the others. So when they convert the answers of the questions, they correctly equate to the MCAT score scale. This time also allows students to submit any concerns they have about exam questions or testing conditions. The AAMC then reviews and investigates each concern. So, due to the complete analysis and review of feedback from each exam date, AAMC isn’t able to provide a score immediately after the completion of the exam.
The results should / will arrive in the mail 8 to 9 weeks following the test date.
|2017 MCAT Test Date (all exams start at 8 A.M.)||Score Release Date|
|Friday, July 21, 2017||Tuesday, August 22, 2017|
|Saturday, July 22, 2017||Tuesday, August 22, 2017|
|Thursday, July 27, 2017||Tuesday, August 29, 2017|
|Friday, July 28, 2017||Tuesday, August 29, 2017|
|Thursday, August 3, 2017||Tuesday, September 5, 2017|
|Friday, August 11, 2017||Tuesday, September 12, 2017|
|Friday, August 18, 2017||Tuesday, September 19, 2017|
|Saturday, August 19, 2017||Tuesday, September 19, 2017|
|Thursday, August 24, 2017||Tuesday, September 26, 2017|
|Friday, September 1, 2017||Tuesday, October 3, 2017|
|Saturday, September 2, 2017||Tuesday, October 3, 2017|
|Saturday, September 9, 2017||Tuesday, October 10, 2017|
Candidates will receive five scores from the MCAT exam: one for each of the four sections and one combined total score.Section Scores
Each of the four sections - Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills - is scored from a low of 118 to a high of 132, with a midpoint of 125. Candidates will receive scores for each of the four sections.Total Score:
Scores are calculated for the four sections and combined to create a total. The total score ranges from 472 to 528. The midpoint is 500. If a candidate scores 128 on the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section; 125 on the Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems section; 129 of the Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior section; and 127 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section. His total score would be 509.