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New Era For Medical School Admission Test

After Aug. 19, the future doctors of America can throw out those No. 2 pencils and bubble-sheet exam forms for good.
That's the last time prospective medical students here and across the country will use pencil-and-paper exams to take the Medical College Admission Test. The high-stakes test switches to a computerized format in January.

The changes are forcing tens of thousands of students to adapt to a new method of test-taking. And college administrators, students and officials at test-prep companies will be watching to see whether the switch has any substantial effect on the admissions process. But this is a sign of our high-tech times, experts say, and the computer format offers a number of benefits, including flexibility and swifter reporting of test scores.

"We are certainly seeing the movement to everything being done electronically, on computer," said Thomas P. Rock, president of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals and director of admissions at Columbia University's Teachers College.

This article, written by Stephen T. Watson, appeared in the August 8th, 2006 publication of The Buffalo News.

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