Author: Kurzthaler, I., Kemmler, G., Drexler, A., Fleischhacker, W. W., Hinterhuber, H. Publication Year: 2013
Summary: This paper investigates whether results of the Medical Studies Aptitude Test (EMS), the official admission test for medical studies in Austria and Switzerland, are influenced by applicants’ personality traits and/or emotional intelligence (EI).
Description: Medical schools worldwide are required to select students from a growing pool of applicants. Selection procedures and admission criteria vary considerably by country and institution. In a number of countries a combination of cognitive admission tests and “non-cognitive” methods, e.g., interviews are used whilst in others the selection of applicants is mainly based on cognitive admission tests.

Examples of cognitive entrance tests include: the Medical College Admission Test, which is used at many institutions in North America; the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test; and the German “Test für medizinische Studiengänge” (TMS) which is applied at a number of German universities.

The paper explores whether the results of the EMS cognitive admission tests are influenced by personality traits and/or emotional intelligence. The results of 387 applicants who had completed the test were review using three tests: the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT); the Freiburg Personality Inventory (FPI-R); and the Personality Style and Disorder Inventory (PSSI).

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