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AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam

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Students require balanced preparation and a foundation of both technical knowledge and pre-professionalism upon entering medical school. The AAMC PREview™ professional readiness exam enables medical schools to assess non-academic, pre-professional competencies that research shows meaningfully impact an individual’s performance during medical training and as practicing physicians. It is a valid, reliable, and fair assessment as evidenced through years of research. 

When included in pre-interview screening, the AAMC PREview exam: 

  • Introduces holistic review in a high-volume context earlier in the application screening process. 

  • Provides a meaningful complement to academic metrics. 

  • Supports consistent evaluation and comparison of applicants’ pre-professional competence. 

  • Broadens the experiential, skills, and demographic diversity of the applicants considered for interview. 

Supporting medical schools since its founding in 1876, the AAMC is uniquely positioned to develop a PREview program that benefits medical schools, applicants, and the transforming health care system.

About the AAMC PREview Professional Readiness Exam

The AAMC PREview exam is a standardized test that presents a series of hypothetical scenarios students may encounter in medical school and asks examinees to evaluate the effectiveness of a series of behavioral responses to each scenario.

A ciruclar graphic illustrating the pre professional competencies for the situational judgement test.

Examinees’ responses provide insight into their knowledge of effective and ineffective behaviors across eight core competencies for entering medical students:

  • Service Orientation
  • Social Skills
  • Cultural Competence
  • Teamwork
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
  • Resilience and Adaptability
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Capacity for Improvement

The AAMC is currently seeking subject matter experts in the medical school community, including faculty, admissions officers, and student and diversity affairs officers, to develop content and a scoring key for the PREview exam. If you are interested in volunteering as a subject matter expert, please contact the PREview team at preview@aamc.org.

Research Supporting the AAMC PREview Exam 

After nearly a decade of research with many U.S. medical schools, the AAMC is pleased to offer the AAMC PREview professional readiness exam for applicants to an expanded list of participating schools for the 2023 application cycle. The PREview exam, formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test during its pilot phase, is designed to look beyond academic metrics to assess and evaluate personal competencies such as resilience, service orientation, ethics, and teamwork. When combined with other elements of the admissions process, the PREview exam provides a more complete picture of applicants and helps schools identify applicants who demonstrate these core competencies. 

This research shows that the PREview exam evaluates applicants from all backgrounds more equitably. It also predicts how students will use these non-academic skills in their related coursework, as well as how faculty rate their performance. 

Overall results of these research studies have demonstrated the AAMC PREview: 

  • is reliable and valid. 

  • predicts medical student performance. 

  • demonstrates small to no group differences. 

  • adds value to the admissions process above and beyond existing application data. 

To learn more about the AAMC’s PREview research, please review the PREview presentation. 

AAMC PREview Administration 

For the upcoming season, we are continuing to expand the number of participating medical schools that use PREview in their admissions processes. The list of participating medical schools will be available in February 2022.  

The exam will be offered in five testing windows across 10 dates. The 2022 testing calendar is now available.  

Important details for 2022-23 participating medical schools 

  • The AAMC will provide schools with resources that share validation and evaluation results to support integration of PREview scores and enhance their holistic admissions process.  

  • Schools will receive PREview scores within 30 days of testing.  

  • PREview scores will be fully integrated into the AMCAS Data Exchange Service so schools will receive scores alongside other application data. 

Applicants intending to apply to a participating medical school should visit aamc.org/preview for more information about the 2022 AAMC PREview administration, including requirements for applicants of the participating schools, frequently asked questions, and more. 

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