The health professions admission test (HPAT) score and leaving certificate results can independently predict academic performance in medical school: Do we need both tests?

Halpenny, D. and Cadoo, K. and Halpenny, M. and Burke, J. and Torreggiani, W. C. (2010) The health professions admission test (HPAT) score and leaving certificate results can independently predict academic performance in medical school: Do we need both tests? Irish Medical Journal, 103 (10). pp. 1-3. ISSN 03323102 (ISSN)

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A recent study 1 raised concerns regarding the ability of the health professions admission test (HPAT) Ireland to improve the selection process in Irish medical schools. We aimed to establish whether performance in a mock HPAT correlated with academic success in medicine. A modified HPAT examination and a questionnaire were administered to a group of doctors and medical students. There was a significant correlation between HPAT score and college results (r2: 0.314, P = 0.018, Spearman Rank) and between leaving cert score and college results (r2: 0.306, P= 0.049, Spearman Rank). There was no correlation between leaving cert points score and HPAT score. There was no difference in HPAT score across a number of other variables including gender, age and medical speciality. Our results suggest that both the HPAT Ireland and the leaving certificate examination could act as independent predictors of academic achievement in medicine.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: academic achievement; article; female; Health Professions Admission Test Score; human; Ireland; leaving certificate examination; male; medical education; medical school; medical student; physician; prediction; questionnaire; scoring system; specialization; student recruitment; teaching hospital
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