How Interviews Could Be Misleading Your Admissions Process

The academic admissions process is generally broken down into two categories: 1) academic performance, and 2) personal and professional characteristics. Academic performance for medical school admissions is measured through GPA and MCAT, which have both been proven to be valid assessment tools. But the…

Measurements for the Success of Assessment Tools Part I: Reliability

Competitive academic programs use a variety of admissions tools to evaluate candidates and decide who to accept. For these admissions assessments to be effective, the first step is demonstrating they are reliable. The concept of reliability is a fundamental psychometric measure of the reproducibility…

Why Personal Statements in Academic Admissions Are (Mostly) a Waste of Time

It’s one of the biggest challenges of academic admissions: how can admissions departments form a holistic assessment of a candidate, one that takes both academic performance and personal characteristics into consideration? Unlike academic performance, for which there are statistically reliable predictors for future academic…

Reference Letters in Academic Admissions: Useful or Useless?

In the world of academic admission tools, the reference letter is an old favourite. For the better part of a century, college and university applicants have been asked to supply a letter written by a mentor, boss or teacher that testifies to the applicant’s…