New study sheds light on medical school admissions

Posted by er134 at Nov 14, 2013 11:10 AM |
University of Leicester is founding member of UKCAT

Most UK medical schools use aptitude tests during student selection, but large-scale studies of predictive validity are rare.

A new study has assessed the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), a test which helps universities to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly-qualified applicants to medical and dental programmes.

UKCAT, of which the University is a founding member and is used by our Medical School, helps to ensure that candidates selected have the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviour required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers.

Researchers involved in the UKCAT-12 study, published in open access journal BMC Medicine, had access to progression data relating to students in twelve UK medical schools using UKCAT within their admissions processes. The study looked at previously unanswerable but important questions about medical student selection, education and training.