Med schools crack down on coached applicants

AUSTRALIAN medical schools are finding ways to spot ‘test wise’ students whose exam scores might give an inflated impression of their aptitude for medicine.

Medical educators have long felt uneasy about commercial coaching for the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT), used to select candidates for interviews. 

But there was little evidence of whether coaching worked, or if it did, whether it meant a disadvantage for uncoached students, says Associate Professor Barbara Griffin, an

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