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Mitchell K J
Journal of Medical Education: November 1987
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In the spring of 1986, medical school admissions personnel were surveyed on their institutions' admissions practices and the use of Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) data in student selection. The admissions officers listed sources of information considered in processing applications. The variables accorded high importance were: overall and science undergraduate grade-point averages, quality of degree-granting institutions, letters of evaluation, interview ratings, MCAT scores, extracurricular activities, work in areas related to health care, breadth and/or difficulty of course work, and state of legal residence. Variables judged of medium importance were: nonscience grade-point average, graduate study, narratives supplied through the American Medical College Application Service or supplemental narratives, demographic factors, and undergraduate research. The respondents divided the 15-point MCAT scale into exemplary, acceptable, and unacceptable ranges of performance. These responses varied widely among institutions. The mean response for the bottom of the acceptable range was a score of seven, and the mean for the beginning of the exemplary range was 11. In considering individual MCAT subtest scores, 34 percent of the admissions officers regarded the six scores individually and equally, 51 percent weighted the areas in ways related to their curricula, and 43 percent summed or averaged scores with equal weights at some point. Thirty-one percent used MCAT scores to adjust grade-point averages across undergraduate institutions.

Created Date: 23 December 1987; Completed Date: 23 December 1987; Revised Date: 18 December 2000

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