Computerised admission test used in London
- By: Clare Hughes
A computerised university admission test for medical students has been used in London for the first time. The pilot evaluated the feasibility of replacing the written medical college admission test (MCAT) with a computerised version. Scores from the computerised entrance exam can be processed twice as quickly as scores from the written test, and candidates preferred the computerised version, which they could complete faster.
Most applicants to medical, veterinary, and healthcare university courses in America and Canada routinely complete the MCAT. The test is designed to test prospective students on the skills and concepts thought to be needed for a successful career in the medical profession.
Ellen Julian, director of the MCAT, said, “These prerequisites include assessment of basic science concepts in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as scientific problem solving, critical thinking, and reading and writing abilities.”
Currently, 55 000 people a year take the admission test in