MCAT® Score Increases
WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO
ADD 13 POINTS TO YOUR
MCAT SCORE *
Find the most efficient and personalized path to your higher MCAT score with Kaplan. You’re in control of your prep journey, and we provide you with everything you need—like realistic practice and comprehensive lectures—and organize it all so that if you put in the work, your score will see a major boost.
KAPLAN'S PREP WORKS
It’s no surprise that students who do more work see a higher score increase. We built our courses using the top requested features from MCAT students.
From full-length simulated tests to realistic practice questions in our Qbank, you’ll gain confidence knowing just what to expect on the MCAT.
Customizable Study Plans
Tell us your schedule and we’ll build a plan just for you. Test out of topics you know already and focus on the most crucial content.
Prep for Every Study Style
Find what works for you with live online, on demand, in person, and tutoring options. No matter what you choose, you’ll be studying with top-rated MCAT experts.
Study Smarter for Better Results
We studied our MCAT students and found that those with the greatest score increases also did the most work. But it’s not only about working harder. It’s also about working smarter, like studying relevant topics specific to an individual student—and that’s where our MCAT prep shines. Our programs make personalized recommendations tailored to each student for a fast, efficient path to a higher score.
Why 13 Points Matter
Medical school admission is extremely competitive. Depending on where you are in your premedical journey, your MCAT score is the one factor you have the most control over. Grades are set and GPAs are hard to shift in a short period of time—but not your MCAT score. A 13-point increase can catapult you over many other test-takers in the percentile ranking chart and even improve your acceptance chances nearly 20 times.# For example, if you’re starting with a 497, scoring a 510 improves your percentile rating from 35th to 77th, leapfrogging you ahead at 42%** of all test takers—and improving your chances of admission from 9.7% to 57.4%.
How Our Data Are Better than Competitors’
Unlike other test prep companies that rely on scores that were self-reported or from their own homemade practice tests, we analyze official Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) practice exam scores to ensure our data is accurate. That means we’re looking at an actual apples-to-apples comparison with valid, reliable exams.
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- Results are drawn from an efficacy study completed in April 2022 by Kaplan's Learning Analytics & Psychometrics team, examining the scaled score change from students’ first to last official AAMC practice exams.
- These AAMC practice exams are built into our MCAT course curriculum and take place at the beginning and end of the course, respectively. Kaplan receives full detailed data on AAMC practice exam results for all of its students who complete these exams as part of their course.
- The study focused on a sample of 1,242 students who enrolled in one of Kaplan’s MCAT comprehensive courses and completed the minimum required study activities between August 1, 2020, and October 15, 2021. “Required study activities” refers to the number of practice tests, videos, and quizzes that must be completed as outlined in the online study plan.
- 97% of students in the study sample had a positive score increase (average score increase of 10.63 points) from their first to their last AAMC practice exam. 1% of students had no score change. 2% of students had a score decrease (average score decrease of 3.88 points).
- Students who started with lower scores saw greater score increases on average.
- Kaplan’s MCAT students who completed more study activities saw greater average score increases. Students we define as “most engaged” (those who answered 4,000+ practice questions and completed 150+ study activities; there were 75 such students in our study sample) had an average score improvement of 13 points from their first to last AAMC practice exam. Students who completed fewer practice questions, study activities, or who did not engage in the full program, saw lower score increases on average.
* 13 point average only applied to students who completed 4,000+ practice questions and 150+ study activities during their program. A recent study conducted by Kaplan showed that students who completed a minimum of this work saw an average score improvement of 13 points from their first official Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) practice exam to their last practice exam. Students who started with lower scores saw greater increases. Students who completed fewer practice questions, study activities, or who did not engage in the full program, saw lower score increases.