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Table 3 Assessment of ethnic differences in performance, expressed as the relative performance of BME candidates

From: Cross-comparison of MRCGP & MRCP(UK) in a database linkage study of 2,284 candidates taking both examinations: assessment of validity and differential performance by ethnicity

Dependent variable Variables taken into account BME effect
MRCP(UK) Part 1 - beta = −.265, p < .001, b = −64.70
N = 1988
MRCP(UK) Part2 MRCP(UK) Part 1 beta = −.163, p < .001, b = −24.95
N = 942
MRCP(UK) PACES MRCP(UK) Part 1 & Part2 beta = −.240, p < .001, b = −10.55
N = 741
MRCGP AKT MRCP(UK) Part 1, Part 2 & PACES beta = −.127, p < .001, b = −3.03
N = 741
MRCGP CSA MRCGP AKT; MRCP(UK) Part 1, Part 2 & PACES beta = −.208, p < .001, b = −5.11
N = 741
MRCGP AKT - CM Part1, Part2, PACES beta = −.105, p = .001, b = −1.23
(Clinical Medicine) N = 741
MRCGP AKT – EI Part1, Part2, PACES beta = −.079, p = .024, b = −2.21
(Evidence Interpretation) N = 741
MRCGP AKT – O Part1, Part2, PACES beta = −.123, p = .001, b = −3.02
(Organisational) N = 741
MRCGP AKT - CM MRCP(UK) Part 1, Part 2 & PACES; MRCGP AKT-EI & AKT-O beta = −.075, p = .01 , b = −0.88
(Clinical Medicine) N = 741
MRCGP AKT – EI MRCP(UK) Part 1, Part 2 & PACES; MRCGP AKT-CM & AKT-O beta = −.029, NS (p = .393) , b = −0.78
(Evidence Interpretation) N = 741
MRCGP AKT – O MRCP(UK) Part 1, Part 2 & PACES; MRCGP AKT-CM & AKT-EI beta = −.087, p = .015, b = −2.13
(Organisational) N = 741
  1. Notes: For the various assessments shown in the first column, the effects are shown in the third column, after taking into account performance on previous assessments, shown in the second column. A negative beta or b coefficient indicates that BME candidates perform less well than White candidates.