TESTING TIMES, Herald IE (26 August 2009)

The current fuss regarding the new medical school admission process is like what happened when a similar system was introduced in Australia 15 years ago. Now it is well accepted and is also used by other countries, such as New Zealand.

As in most countries, the demand for medical places in Ireland will always far exceed the number available and any selection system used will have winners and losers.

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is to be commended for developing the HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test), which is an objective test of generic skills to complement the knowledge examined in the Leaving Cert. This is the best system that educational research currently offers and similar processes are used around the world for the selection of medical students.