Application Requirements


The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) was developed and is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This test is a standardized, multiple-choice exam created to assist admission offices access your problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. The MCAT is scored on a scale up to 528 and medical schools will look at both your overall score and the scores you received in the four sections of the exam.

In April 2015, the AAMC launched a new version of the MCAT exam. Scores are reported in four sections:

  • Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems (BBLS)
  • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems (CPBS)
  • Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior (PSBB)
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills (CARS)

Pre-med students typically take the MCAT after they have completed the prerequisites for medical school and before applying to medical school. We recommend taking this no later than the second week of April in the year you plan to apply to give yourself enough time to receive your scores and determine if you would like to retake the test prior to applying to medical school. Scores are generally valid for two to three years depending on the individual medical school's admissions requirements. 

Admission to medical school is competitive and rigorous. In 2021, the average accepted MCAT score was 511.9 for allopathic (MD) matriculants and 504.3 for osteopathic (DO) matriculants.

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In 2021, for allopathic (MD) matriculants, the average overall GPA was 3.74 and the average BCPM was 3.67. For osteopathic (DO) matriculants, the average overall GPA was 3.54 and the average BCPM was 3.45.

For assistance calculating your BCPM, download the BCPM calculation sheet.


Extracurricular Experience

Aside from test scores and grades, medical schools look for holistic candidates that exhibit the AAMC's 15 Core Competencies, which can be shown through clinical experienceresearchvolunteering, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendationinterviews, and leadership roles.

The average age of medical school matriculants is 25. Many students take a gap year before entering medical school for various reasons (e.g., they have not met prerequisites, want to travel, want to gain additional experience to strengthen their application, and more).