New medical studies tests ‘favour better-off students’

“A new grinds industry has sprung up around aptitude tests which were designed to make entry to medical studies less elitist. There are fears that the rich will now have an undue advantage in the Health Professions Admission Tests (HPATs) which are being introduced this year. At least three existing grind schools are running so-called preparatory courses and charging fees of up to €400 to prepare for the tests. But the Institute of Guidance Counsellors says these preparatory courses are not necessary …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 12 January]

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