How the MCAT Tests are scored

The MCAT, like many other tests is standardized. It tests only specific subjects like physics, chemistry, biology and verbal ability without asking complicated questions from additional courses like calculus or other advanced courses. The raw score of the test is scaled to a compare yours with the rest of the applicants who have taken the test on the same day as you. Hence, performing well on the test is not just enough, performing better than the others counts too. Along with the score, the percentile is printed on your mark sheet, which shows how far above or below average your raw test score is.

The scores of the verbal reasoning section, physical sciences section and biological sciences section are calculated on a scale from 1-15. The target mean is around 8 for each section and the standard deviation is around 2.5. These figures are not exact and may vary. Sometimes, a 15 may correspond to the 99.9th percentile, and sometimes a 10 could be the 90th percentile. So, the percentile part of your score depends on how many applicants do well and how many do not. The time taken for the test results to arrive by mail would be 8-9 weeks after the test. The MCAT can be written either in April or August every year. The applicants must take the test a year before they apply to medical school, as there will be many processes that need to be taken care of, after the test and before admission.

Caribbean Medical Schools:
There are a lot of Caribbean medical schools and they are very competitive. This makes gaining admission in to the best schools tough, so one must work really hard to achieve that. There will be very strict limit on the MCAT scores and academic criteria like GPA and quality of coursework done. Make sure you have met all the necessary requirements before applying. There will also be additional comparisons for scholarships, waiver of tuition fee and more. However, admission into most Caribbean schools is easier than US schools. But, there are some disadvantages, like some Caribbean schools may not be accredited by all states. This may cause problems during medical practice. For example, if you graduate from some Caribbean school, you may not be given permission to practice in a particular US state. So plan where you’re going to practice before you apply to the schools. 

A list of good Caribbean medical schools is given below:


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