Perspective: Medical school admissions and noncognitive testing: Some open questions Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • School Admission Criteria


  • Medical schools use a variety of criteria in selecting applicants for admission, attempting to assess both the academic preparation and the personal characteristics suitable for a career in medicine. While assessing academic preparation is fairly straightforward, assessing applicants' personal characteristics is difficult and controversial. The possibility of implementing standardized testing of personal characteristics, so-called "noncognitive testing," has been proposed as part of the admissions process. Such a proposal, however, raises numerous questions about the validity, fairness, and cost of such testing and the impact of commercial test-preparation services on test performance and reliability. Therefore, before noncognitive testing is adopted for screening applicants to medical school, open discussion among all stakeholders in the admissions process is critically important.

publication date

  • October 2009



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181b6a6b3

PubMed ID

  • 19881422

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1360

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