Calculate Your MSC Score to See Your Chances of Getting Into Medical School
All premed students have an MSC Score that identifies how competitive a medical school applicant they are. MedSchoolCoach built this calculator by drawing upon thousands of data points from real medical school applicants. The result? Now students can now determine their likelihood of acceptance into medical school. And elite students can learn how to stay ahead of the competition from other top universities.
Dr. Sahil Mehta is the creator of the Med School Competitiveness score (aka, the MSC Score) and explains how it can help medical students determine their chances of acceptance.
Why Pre-Med Students Need to Know Their MSC Score
How is the MSC Score Calculated?
Even for undergraduate students at top colleges, getting into a Top 10 med school is difficult. There are many factors involved in the application process that determine whether you will get accepted.
GPA and MCAT score are part of the calculation, but that’s just the beginning. MedSchoolCoach advisors who served on admissions committees and who have worked with thousands of students know the other key variables: Extracurriculars, research, clinical work, shadowing, volunteering, life experiences, your undergrad school, and if you’re an underrepresented minority or not.
The MSC Score calculates these variables and spits out a score for each student with an approximation of where they stand compared to other pre-meds.
The MSC Score You Need to Get Into the Medical School of Your Dreams
An MSC Score falls between a 0 to 99 (since nobody is a perfect 100).
Most students will score between 40 and 70 if they’re a good candidate for medical school. If they get a low score, it will show their likelihood of getting into any medical school at all.
Elite students seeking to get into a competitive program often score 65 and higher. For competitive students, their score shows them the importance of staying ahead of their peers if they want to get accepted into the top medical schools.
Neither high scores nor low scores account for how well a student interviews or writes a personal statement. But the score does provide a strong guide based on the student’s track-record of academics and extracurriculars.
Advice on Raising Your MSC Score to Get into a Better Medical School
By the time a student learns their MSC Score, it’s often too late to change it. There are several tricks to raise your score to make difference, though.
If a student scores poorly because of a low MCAT score, getting some MCAT tutoring and then retaking the exam and raising their MCAT score will increase their MSC score.
Let’s say a student received an MSC Score of 55. Since only about 40% of those applicants will get into school, they must be regarded as the best candidate of the students receiving that same score. They need to be the best 55 scorer. These students can achieve this by putting together a strong application, performing strong on their interview, writing an excellent personal statement, and wrapping it up into a package that breaks through the clutter
What if a student scores a remarkable 90? Amazing! So did everybody else looking to get into a top school. How did they rise to the top? Did they put together a great application? Did they score well enough to get into the elite medical school they desire? A 93 sure could provide an edge against the competition!
Once you know your score, it’s all about how you put it all together. How well you perform in the interview, how you write your personal statement, and what your narrative is – these are all skills that MedSchoolCoach physician advisers and mentors can help students bring out.
MedSchoolCoach helps students regardless of which end of the spectrum their score falls. MedSchoolCoach admissions advisors provide comprehensive help through every aspect of a student’s medical school application. Need some medical school admissions help? Let MedSchoolCoach help make your dream of becoming a physician a reality.