Does pre-med school coaching affect students’ performance?

A group of Sydney researchers compared yearly academic grades and overall grade point average (GPA) for the first two cohorts of medical students admitted to the new undergraduate medical degree at the University of Western Sydney.

Just over half of all students in each cohort had received commercial coaching for the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) – 52.4% of 83 students in cohort one and 53.8% of 93 students in cohort two.

The study showed coached students had a lower GPA than those who were not coached.