News in brief: July 2014
The UKCAT scores of medical school applicants are the most accurate indicators of performance in the first year of medical school, a study has found.1
The computer based entrance examination, which tests applicants’ cognitive reasoning, was compared with other admission criteria including science A level results and interview scores to predict performance through medical school. The performance of 189 students (89% of those eligible) admitted to Glasgow Medical School in 2007 was analysed. Although UKCAT scores had the highest accuracy rate, their ability to predict future performance throughout medical school diminished with each year of the course.
The results of this study correlate with a collaborative study conducted across 12 medical schools.2 However, it is contradicted by the findings of previous studies which reported no link to educational or clinical performance.34 It is unclear what these differences mean, and whether they are due to differing teaching systems, or the way