It's academic: High marks beat interviews at predicting medical student success

Prior academic achievement is the most effective selection tool, a study suggests

You can do all the mock interviews and spatial reasoning tests you like, but a medical student’s academic record still wins top marks for predicting whether they will actually graduate, an Australian study shows.


Researchers tracked some 3380 students enrolled at five undergraduate medical schools in Australia and New Zealand from 2007-2010.

They found performance measured via an ATAR or GPA was the best predictor of whether a student would finish their course.

Yet the study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, concluded there was "no