"We have not figured out what's a competitive MCAT score."
A wonderful, tell-it-as-it-is workshop at the UC Davis Pre Health Conference, led by Dr. Ann-Gel Palermo, an admissions officer from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, contained that gem of a quote above. It shows that admissions offices are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new MCAT. They’re not sure precisely what the new MCAT measures and how to use it to select a class.
This means a few things for applicants to med school:
When the new MCAT was released, I was under the assumption that only in this transitional year, where so many applicants have taken both the old and new MCAT, would medical schools be uncertain about how to use the new MCAT score. Not so. As Dr. Palermo said, “We need a few admissions cycles to figure out passing rates, Step 1 Scores, clinical reasoning, etc.” If we take this on face value, it means that medical schools will continue to translate the new scores to the old scores for several YEARS, not just in this transitional year.