Predictive validity of the UMAT for medical students’ academic performance

Barbara N Griffin
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2011.tb03228.x
Published online: 18 July 2011

To the Editor: By focusing on the observed low correlations between the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and academic scores at the University of Queensland (UQ), Wilkinson and colleagues1 conclude that the UMAT is a poor predictor of medical student performance. Alternatively, one could focus on the very high mean and low variance grade point average (GPA) scores of the UQ student cohort and conclude that the use of UMAT scores was clearly very successful in identifying a high-performing group of students.

  • Barbara N Griffin

  • Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW.



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