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Med J Aust. 2011 Apr 4;194(7):341-4.

Predictive validity of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test for medical students' academic performance.

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  • 1School Of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the predictive validity of the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) for academic performance at university.

DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS:

We studied all 339 students who entered medical study at the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, directly from high school, between 2005 and 2009.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

UMAT scores before entry compared with grade point averages (GPAs) during university study.

RESULTS:

Mean overall UMAT score at entry was 60/100 and mean GPA during university study was 6.1 (range, 1-7), with a correlation coefficient of 0.15 (P = 0.005). This relationship existed only in the first year of university study. For UMAT Section 1 score, the correlation coefficient was 0.14 (P = 0.01); for UMAT Section 2, the correlation coefficient was 0.06 (P = 0.29); and for UMAT Section 3, the correlation coefficient was 0.09 (P = 0.11). UMAT overall score for men (60.2) and women (59.8), and GPA for men (6.1) and women (6.2) were similar. However, men performed better in Section 1 (mean score 61.6 v 61; P = 0.05) and Section 3 (63.2 v 60.7; P < 0.001), whereas women performed better in Section 2 (58.5 v 55.8; P = 0.009). In multivariate analysis, only correlation between GPA and UMAT Section 1 score remained significant but was weak and lasted for 1 year of university study.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that UMAT has limited predictive validity for academic performance.

┬ęThe Medical Journal of Australia 2011

PMID:
21470083
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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