A POOR TEST, Medical Observer (21 March 2010)

EDITOR: The study that found that GAMSAT does not predict which medical students will perform well during their degree (‘Med school exam unreliable’, MO 21 March) is not surprising, since the GAMSAT is a flawed test.

It is to be expected that GAMSAT is not a good tool for assessing potential doctors since it is a knowledge-based test, and thus it is merely a test of effort. Since knowledge is freely available in the 21st century, it is far better to test the ability to use knowledge (generic skills). This is what the UCAT (school leaver entry test) does.

A properly designed school leaver entry system with UCAT in combination with academic performance in school and an interview is thus a better way of selecting medical students.