COACHING ENHANCES PERFORMANCE AT UNIVERSITY, Medical Independent (2 September 2010)

The Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) is a standardised test used for medical admission in Israel, administered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE). At the 35th International Association for Educational Assessment Conference in Brisbane (August 2010), the Director of the NITE said that while the organisation does not approve of coaching colleges (because they make NITE's task in distinguishing between students more difficult), students who undergo coaching for PET perform better at university because they have more developed thinking skills.

Medical Independent 2 Sept, 2010

A report, compiled by the National Research Group Evaluating Revised Entry Mechanisms to Medicine, measures the performance of the HPAT Ireland candidates in 2009 and 2010 and the performance of candidates who sat the test for the second time in 2010. The study, which is to be published later this year, will show that repeat candidates tended to achieve improved scores with preparation. The findings are at odds with official advice that repeating the test is unlikely to yield better results and the number of additional students achieving improved repeat HPAT scores is likely to have contributed to the jump in CAO cut-off points for Medicine across all Irish universities this year. “There was a trend towards improvement,” Dr Siún O’Flynn, head of Medical Education at UCC and a member of the National Research Group, told the Medical Independent.