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Table 8 Final backward regression models of the relationship between selection criteria and demographics for GEMP students 2005–2012 and academic performance as assessed by overall and yearly WAM for Core units

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

  WAM overall (N=219) WAM bridging (N=421) WAM year 3 (N=414) WAM year 4 (N=344) WAM year 5 (N=276) WAM year 6 (N=219)
Age (yr) Beta −0.205 −0.149 −0.120 −0.150 −0.269 −0.132
P value 0.002 0.001 0.009 0.004 <0.001 0.057
Sex (F=0/M=1) Beta    −0.081   −0.131  
P value    0.071   0.018  
GPA at entry Beta 0.277 0.347 0.354 0.287 0.138 0.139
P value <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.012 0.035
Interview score Beta 0.151      0.142
P value 0.012      0.030
Health/Allied health background Beta 0.264 0.165 0.192 0.278 0.267 0.255
P value <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Humanities/Law/Business/Commerce background Beta −0.189 −0.122    −0.128 −0.126
P value 0.004 0.006    0.026 0.068
Physical sciences background Beta       
P value
Rural entry Beta 0.108    0.128   
P value 0.083    0.014   
IRSAD decile (0=1-8, 1=9-10) Beta 0.122 0.105 0.132 0.094 0.093  
P value 0.042 0.011 0.002 0.062 0.080  
GAMSAT 1: Reasoning in the humanities and social sciences Beta 0.140    0.116 0.228 0.133
P value 0.045    0.034 <0.001 0.051
GAMSAT 2: Written communication Beta 0.150 0.154 0.142    
P value 0.026 0.001 0.002
GAMSAT 3: Reasoning in the biological and physical sciences Beta 0.218 0.242 0.213 0.116 0.119  
P value 0.002 <0.001 <0.001 0.039 0.056
R 2   31.5% 30.5% 26.0% 19.1% 27.3% 13.2%
  1. (Significant P-values are boldfaced).