The Double-Edged Sword of Practice for Testing

The age-old cliché “Practice makes perfect” is one no student is a stranger to. Generally speaking, this is true for most tests; students tend to perform better the second time around (though this effect is often exaggerated). Oftentimes educators want to encourage their students…

4 Key Differences between CASPer® and the Multiple Mini-Interview

Research has found that CASPer® scores are moderately correlated with the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI), demonstrating that there are some similarities between the tools. In our last blog post, we highlighted how both tools utilize numerous independent observations of a single applicant to dilute the…

How McMaster University’s Nursing Program is Using CASPer®

CASPer® was developed and first implemented at the School of Medicine at McMaster University in 2010. Since then, its use has been extended to McMaster’s Bachelor of Nursing program, which is a collaborative program comprised of three sites: McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga…

The Price of Admission to Medical School

The cost of medical school tuition is well known to be a huge burden on students. Averaging over $35,000 a year, this cost has only continued to rise with no sign of slowing down. Prior to paying tens of thousands of dollars for school,…

Why Situational Judgement Tests Work: Fidelity and Generalizability

Situational judgement tests (SJTs) are a popular selection tool amongst both researchers, admissions teams, and human resources departments – and their popularity is well-deserved. SJTs deliver a slew of advantages for high-stakes education admissions teams, but their greatest advantage is their ability to predict…

Why the Response Format Matters for Situational Judgement Tests

There is an abundance of evidence demonstrating the utility of situational judgment tests (SJTs) in predicting future performance in healthcare and in promoting diversity in medical education. Currently, there are two different formats of the SJTs that are used: the traditional closed-response SJTs and…

What Makes a “Good” Test?

As we’ve talked about in previous blog posts, we want our tests to produce scores that are both valid and reliable in predicting some meaningful outcome. We’ve discussed the ways to assess validity and reliability, but how do we actually go about creating a…

Why Admission Tools Need to Care about “Political Validity”

Admissions into academic programs are high stakes, medical school admissions is certainly no exception. Whether a medical school applicant is admitted or not affects not only their future, but also the future staffing of our hospitals, clinics and healthcare centres. That’s why it’s essential…