Taking entrance exams

Your MCAT/DAT scores are probably the second most important criterion for evaluation by the medical and dental school admission committees. You may repeat them if you are dissatisfied with your scores.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination given nationwide at several scheduled times per year. The exam is computerized and typically lasts about 5 hours. More information about the actual testing experience, including registration and exam dates, can be found at www.aamc.org. Locally, Prometric has proctored the computerized exam, and is conveniently located within walking distance from Calvin's campus.

Medical colleges consider MCAT scores as part of their admission process. Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores and many do not accept MCAT scores that are more than three years old.

Normally the MCAT is taken in the spring of the junior year but may be taken as late as the early fall of your senior year. If they are delayed beyond this, it will delay your application by one year. MCATs are offered only on specific dates, and the student must register no later than one month prior to the date of each test.

Dental Admission Test (DAT)

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized on-line test for entrance into dental schools, given at multiple sites nationwide. All U.S. dental schools require students to take the DAT, but other admission requirements vary from school to school. The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability.

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is an excellent resource for information related to registration, topics covered, etc. Once the applicant has registered, the DATs may be scheduled at the local Prometric office or at another available site.

Normally DATs are taken in the spring of the junior year. They may be taken as late as the early fall of your senior year, but if they are delayed beyond this, it will delay your application by one year. You may repeat them if you are dissatisfied with your scores.

Graduate Record Examination: GRE

For information about registering for and taking the GRE go to Calvin's general GRE Test Information site.

Medical school acceptance rates

Each year approximately 20-25 Calvin students apply to medical or dental schools in the United States and Canada. The data below is generated on the basis of all Calvin students who apply, not just those students whom we "approve" (as some institutions do). Therefore, these numbers are not inflated. We do not forbid any student from applying, although we may advise less qualified student to consider pursuing an alternate career. The ten-year period is used rather than any one year since that gives a more accurate estimate of our success.

2000 to 2009
  • Pre-med applicants: 258
  • Pre-med acceptances: 211
  • Percent accepted: 82%
  • Pre-dent applicants: 23
  • Pre-dent acceptances: 20
  • Percent accepted: 87%

Most of our Pre-Med and Pre-Dent students are accepted into the state schools of the states in which they are residents or into private schools, particularly in the Midwest. Since most of our students come from Michigan and Illinois, most of our students are accepted into schools in those states.

list of schools into which our students have been accepted

MCAT scores of Calvin's students

Average MCAT scores of medical school applicants are around 9.0-10.0, that's about the 75th percentile.

MCAT scores
TEST YEAR VR PS WS BS
2005 9.9 9.3 P 9.7
2006 9.1 9.4 P 10.0
2007 9.5 8.8 P 9.6
2008 9.3 8.7 P 9.6
2009 9.7 8.8 P 9.7
2010 9.3 9.4 P 10.7

*VR–Verbal reasoning, PS–Physical science, WS–Writing sample, BS–Biological science

By the numbers

Most Calvin pre-meds who are not accepted on the first application cycle are accepted the following year when they re-apply. In 2005 all of the re-applicants were accepted.

Average MCAT scores of Calvin's medical school applicants are about 9.0-10.0.

Quick Facts
  • 78%

    pre-medical and dental students accepted to medical or dental schools*

  • 87%

    Pre-dental student accepted to dental schools (approx.)

  • 95%

    Pre-optometry students accepted to optometry schools.

The data above is generated on the basis of all Calvin students who apply, not just those students whom we "approve" (as some institutions do). Therefore, these numbers are not inflated.