GPA and Standardized Tests

Calculating Your Science GPA

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Medical and dental schools calculate science grade point averages (GPAs) in addition to noting a student’s overall GPA.

Commonly referred to as the BCPM/BCP GPA because of the courses used to calculate it, the science GPA includes all coursework in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Math (includes Statistics)

While your overall GPA will be listed on your academic transcript and will be updated automatically each time grades are posted, it is the student's responsiblity to calculate their BCPM/BCP GPA.

We suggest using the provided BCPM Calculator Spreadsheet or another GPA calculator of your choice to calculate your BCPM/BCP.

If you have questions about the courses that fall in each category, see the AAMC Course Classification Guide (PDF) for medical schools.

 


Using the BCPM Calculator

  1. Download the template BCPM Calculator Spreadsheet (Excel Doc).
  2. Input courses outlined in the orange box on the AMCAS Course Classification Guide (PDF). (All courses from the CHEM, BISC, BIOC, PHYS, ANAT, MATH, & STAT departments are automatically included. For all other courses, consult the Guide.)
  3. Input the course department and number (ex: CHEM 1111) under the Course (GW science and transfer science courses must be included.)
  4. Input the credit total for the course under Credit.
  5. Input your letter grade under Grade.
  6. You must include all attempts of a course. Note: Because AMCAS does not honor grade forgiveness policies, if you have an 'RP' on your transcript, the original letter grade earned must be reported. See pages 4-5 of the AMCAS Application Guide for more information.
  7. Save File as a PDF and upload to Privatefolio with the title "GPA Calculation."

 

 


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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is developed and administered by the AAMC. This test is a standardized, multiple-choice exam created to assist admission offices assess your problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of natural, behavioral and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

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. Scores are generally valid for two to three years depending on the individual medical school's admissions requirements.

Average GPA and MCAT scores of Allopathic and Osteopathic Matriculants

 

Allopathic Matriculants (PDF)

2018-2019

Osteopathic Matriculants (PDF)

2017-2018

Average MCAT Score

511.2

503.05

BBLS

128.0

126.0

CPBS

127.7

125.69

PSBB

128.3

126.17

CARS

127.1

125.2

Average Undergrad. Cum. GPA

3.71

3.53

Average Undergrad.  BCPM GPA

3.65

3.43

Average Undergrad. Non-Science GPA

3.78

3.64

 

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a dental education admission test designed to provide dental education programs with a means to assess program applicants’ potential for success. The DAT is administered year-round by Prometric test centers in the United States, its territories (including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and Canada. The DAT is comprised of multiple-choice test items presented in the English language. The test is developed according to established test specifications. The DAT consists of a battery of four tests on the following:

  • Survey of the Natural Sciences
  • Perceptual Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Dental School Matriculants Average DAT and GPAs (2017)

 

Average DAT Score

20.4

Total Science

20.2

Total Perceptual Ability

20.1

Average Cum. GPA

3.56

Average Science GPA

3.47

 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study. The GRE General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate school. The GRE consists of a battery of three tests on the following:

  • Verbal Reasoning: Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Measures problem-solving ability using basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively

Competitive scores and GPA vary by program.