Assessment Tools

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The focus on competencies will influence the development of new assessment tools. The rational for these is described in the

introduction (AssessmenttoolsIntro-url).

MCATs: This AIP site shows how Physics majors do on the MCAT compared to other majors

Case Studies:

Haverford College MCAT study We have conducted a study of our IPLS students' performance on the MCAT's over the period 1998-2005, using all reported MCAT results for all premeds for which data were available. (This comes from the AAMC and was provided to us by our pre-health advisor, although students have to approve having their scores reported to us.) We prepared a spreadsheet containing MCAT Physical Sciences score, introductory physics course sequence taken (we had two at the time), where the student took introductory physics (at Haverford, over the summer, during the semester at a neighboring institution), and the intro physics grade (if taken at Haverford.) We have posted most of these results online. We intend to update this study as we reform IPLS to meet the AAMC-HHMI competencies criteria and to address Bio 2010 concerns. We will do this by tracking performance on controled exam problems and on the MCAT Physical Sciences exam (the current version until the revised MCAT debuts in approximately 2014). We will be correlating MCAT Physical Sciences scores, SAT scores, GPA at Haverford, introductory physics course sequence taken at Haverford, where the student took introductory physics (at Haverford, over the summer, during the semester at a neighboring institution), and their intro physics grade (if taken at Haverford.) This effort is being supported by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which has allowed us to hire a consultant to do statistical data analysis and assessment of this sort. We appreciate any suggestions or comments about this study; please send to samador@haverford.edu