Are My Practice MCAT Test Scores Good Enough?
Are You Ready To Take The MCAT?
You can gauge your readiness by estimating practice MCAT scores to the real MCAT. No good formula exists on how to add or subtract points for estimating companies against the real MCAT. Students end up spending countless hours trying to figure it out. We don't like it when students waste their precious MCAT studying hours, so we made a quick, rough estimate based on data from 2016 real scores vs most recent practice fl scores to determine an estimate mcat score.
Example: Practice Test Average(Number Averaged): Avg. Score Closest to Test Date + Number of points add to estimate Real AAMC Average
Real AAMC Average(N=116): 515
AAMC Practice Exam #1 (N=93): 513 + 2
Kaplan (N=50): 506 + 9
TPR (N=34): 507 + 8
NS (N=16): 510 + 5
On AVERAGE, the AAMC practice underestimates by 2 points, Kaplan underestimates with ~9 points, TPR underestimates with ~8 points, and NextStep underestimates with ~5 points.
Using Jan-Sept 2016 Scores From Reddit MCAT Conversion Sheet. We compared the most recent average scores per company to the average real scores. Remember that this is not an exact estimate at all. Only the real test can determine your score. This is a guide to help estimate how much you need to improve. Some tests were committed due to lack of statistical power. Check out this document to see how estimated scores with different companies compare to real scores: Reddit MCAT Conversion Sheet.
Remember, this score is worth a bit more than your GPA and WAY more than your amazing work/activities. Thus, you need to give the exam the attention and TIME it needs. It is OKAY to push your exam date back.
Forget the summer plans, forget the extra classes and activities, forget submitting your application later, this score is worth much more. You cannot advance in your application without a sufficient score. You want to take the exam just once if possible.
Don't be swayed by the typical "12 week" schedule. Your background is unique and you need to adjust your timing based on when you feel ready. Whether you choose an MCAT tutor, MCAT course, or self-study, the golden rule is to take the test when your score tells you to. Listen to yourself and take the exam when you feel most ready.