One more to go
Students applying to study medicine in the United Kingdom in 2007 have an extra hurdle to clear. The UK clinical aptitude test assesses characteristics of suitability for a medical career, as John Bonner explains
How do you choose between two equally good candidates for medical school, both with the requisite A level grades? Even more tricky, how do you pick out one in 10 applications from a pile of up to 2500 high achieving students?
The increasing numbers of A level students achieving the highest grade has been one of the main factors behind the steady growth in numbers of applications to UK medical schools. This was the challenge that brought together admissions heads from across the country to a conference in Exeter two years ago.
From that meeting, a consortium of UK medical and dental schools proposed to develop the UK clinical aptitude test, a computer based test of the cognitive abilities of prospective students. Professor Ian Johnson of Nottingham University is chairman of the consortium. “We were looking for a better way of coping with the sheer volume of applications. At Nottingham,