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Table 4 Pearson correlations (and point bi-serial correlations for the dichotomised variables) between the predictor variables and the outcome variables

From: Predicting academic outcomes in an Australian graduate entry medical programme

   WAM core units overall (N = 219) WAM level 2(N = 421) WAM level 3 (N = 414) WAM level 4 (N = 344) WAM level 5 (N = 276) WAM level 6 (N = 219)
Age at entry Correlation −0.167 −0.220 −0.162 −0.139 −0.275 −0.099
P value 0.013 <0.001 0.001 0.010 <0.001 0.146
Sex (0 = F, 1 = M) Correlation −0.067 0.022 −0.064 −0.060 −0.158 0.033
P value 0.326 0.649 0.192 0.270 0.009 0.623
Biological science/Science background (No = 0, Yes = 1) Correlation −0.009 0.057 −0.006 −0.097 −0.032 −0.109
P value 0.892 0.242 0.906 0.074 0.601 0.107
Health/Allied health background (No = 0, Yes = 1) Correlation 0.174 0.073 0.087 0.206 0.187 0.229
P value 0.010 0.135 0.077 <0.001 0.002 0.001
Humanities/Commerce/Business/ Law background (No = 0, Yes = 1) Correlation −0.233 −0.212 −0.148 −0.137 −0.225 −0.174
P value 0.001 <0.001 0.002 0.011 <0.001 0.010
Physical sciences background (No = 0, Yes = 1) Correlation 0.014 0.013 0.036 −0.006 0.015 0.047
P value 0.833 0.783 0.465 0.915 0.810 0.485
GPA at entry Correlation 0.270 0.389 0.384 0.272 0.198 0.109
P value <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.001 0.108
Rural entry (No = 0, Yes = 1) Correlation −0.049 −0.091 −0.095 0.030 −0.102 −0.046
P value 0.467 0.061 0.053 0.575 0.090 0.501
IRSAD_Decile_x (0 =1st-8th decile, 1 = 9th-10th decile) Correlation 0.164 0.151 0.181 0.102 0.138 0.028
P value 0.015 0.002 <0.001 0.059 0.022 0.683
Interview score Correlation 0.077 −0.041 −0.061 0.014 0.033 0.122
P value 0.257 0.398 0.215 0.791 0.585 0.071
Total GAMSAT score Correlation 0.268 0.282 0.216 0.117 0.189 0.065
P value <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.030 0.002 0.339
GAMSAT 1 - Reasoning in the humanities and social sciences Correlation 0.156 0.069 0.042 0.067 0.162 0.046
P value 0.021 0.158 0.391 0.214 0.007 0.496
GAMSAT 2 - Written communication Correlation 0.058 0.056 0.071 0.024 −0.017 0.027
P value 0.358 0.254 0.148 0.654 0.783 0.688
GAMSAT 3 - Reasoning in the biological and physical sciences Correlation 0.271 0.311 0.229 0.117 0.194 0.061
  P value <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.030 0.001 0.369
  1. (WAM = Weighted average mark, IRSAD – index of relative socioeconomic advantage and disadvantage, Significant P-values are boldfaced).