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Asked 30th Jan, 2018

Which matriculation subject(Maths,Biology, chemistry) is the most reliable predictor of student performance in veterinary or medical school?

Researchers at University of Pretoria veterinary faculty reported that mathematics was the best predictor of student performance in veterinary training.

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31st Jan, 2018
David J Paul
University of Notre Dame Australia
What a good question, and something that many are looking at. For medicine, it would seem that it is more a combination of achievement rather than a single subject that is the best predictor - for undergraduate entry it would be, what we call in Australia, the ATAR score which is calculated on overall results. For graduate entry students the best predictor appears to be the GPA for the undergraduate degree. There is much research going on to better identify this and both colleagues at Monash and Flinders Universities are involved in a consortium seeking to
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31st Jan, 2018
David J Paul
University of Notre Dame Australia
The rest the answer:
There is much research going on to better identify this and both colleagues at Monash and Flinders Universities are involved in a consortium seeking to answer this question. The next conference related to this is in Melbourne in April:
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31st Jan, 2018
Lewis Eigen
BEA Enterprises Inc.
In general mathematics is a much better predictor then the other two of just about everything--college grades, graduate schools of all types including law, and the liberal arts. Also, future income and other non strictly academic variables.
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