ERIC Number: ED186451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Predictive Validity of the New and Old Medical College Admission Test with the Predictive Validity of Programmatic Variables Collected During the First Two Months of the Basic Medical Science Program.
Essex, Diane L.; And Others
The predictive validity of the new Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) was examined; the validity coefficients were compared to those obtained from previous versions of the MCAT and from performance data gathered early in a first-year basic science program. Data were collected from about 400 medical students, including: (1) MCAT subscores--biology, chemistry, physics, science problems, reading skills analysis, and quantitative skills analysis; (2) undergraduate grade point average; (3) test scores on locally-developed basic science tests, the Level III examinations; (4) scores on the Basic Science Comprehensive examination; and (5) scores on the National Board of Medical Examiners Part I examination, administered after the first year of medical school. The data were gathered between 1976 and 1980. The highest validity coefficients were obtained when total scores from locally developed examinations were used to predict performance on the two certifying examinations, the Basic Science Comprehensive and the National Board. The predictive validity of the new MCAT appeared to be superior to that of its predecessor. Further study investigating the stability of validity coefficients over several classes of students was recommended. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Basic Science Comprehensive Test; Entrance Examinations; Medical College Admission Test; National Board of Medical Examiners; Test Revision
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).