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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Medical School Admissions and Noncognitive Testing

I hear many medical school applicants lament, "If I could just get to the interview, I would do great. My low GPA is holding me back." Well, such applicants may have a chance. An article this month in Academic Medicine discusses the possibility of employing standardized "noncognitive testing" to test personal characteristics as part of the medical school admissions criteria. While the possibility of using such standardized tests in the same way the MCAT is used may be far in the future, the fact that academic leaders recognize the importance of such skills is significant.

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