Do the MCAT Subscores Matter?


It depends on how well you did on your exam. For example, there is not much of a difference between an applicant who had a breakdown of 11 BS, 13 PS, and 10 VR and an applicant with 13BS, 10 PS, and 11VR because both applicants did well on the exam regardless of the subscore. If your scores are lower, however, the discrepancies between your subscores become magnified. There is a big difference between an applicant with a score breakdown of 11 BS, 11 PS, and 5 VR and an applicant with 9 BS, 9PS, and 9 VR. Typically, you want a relatively even distribution. Also, in general, you do not want to score lower than an 8 in any one section.

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