5 Things to Know About the AAMC PREview® Exam

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The AAMC PREview® professional readiness exam is a new assessment for students entering medical school to demonstrate some of the professional competencies that are important for medical school students. To get you started, here are five important things you need to know.

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As an aspiring physician, you already know the critical science and anatomy skills that medical students must master. But did you know about the other skills and attributes that are just as important for tomorrow’s doctors? The AAMC PREview professional readiness exam is an important tool that will provide a standardized and objective way for medical schools to assess certain premed competencies that are critical to the practice of medicine. The PREview exam provides medical schools with a more complete view of each applicant by assessing skills such as resilience and adaptability, service orientation, ethical responsibility to self and others, empathy and compassion, cultural awareness, cultural humility, and teamwork and collaboration, among others. The exam is based on years of research conducted by the AAMC, in partnership with many U.S. medical schools. This research demonstrates that the PREview exam predicts how students will exhibit these competencies in their related coursework, as well as how faculty rate their performance.

Below are five important details for premed students and their advisors to know about the AAMC PREview exam

1. The PREview exam was designed with ALL applicants in mind. The exam takes approximately 75 minutes to complete and offers the convenience of testing at a location of your choosing (such as your home or a local library, provided your workspace meets some basic requirements) while maintaining a high level of security with live, remote human proctoring. This also means that you will be able to contact someone in a timely manner and receive immediate support to minimize disruptions to exam completion. Examinees who require accommodations can request them via the PREview Accommodations Application. Remember to submit accommodation requests early enough to receive a response prior to sitting for the exam. Read more information regarding review cycles and timelines.

2. The exam fee includes distribution of your score report to an unlimited number of schools. The fee is $100, and the fee structure will provide a significant value for most medical school applicants who typically apply to eight or more schools. 

3.  Desktop or Laptop ✅ Phone or Tablet ❌ The AAMC PREview exam can only be taken on a desktop or laptop. It cannot be completed on your cell phone or tablet. Please verify that your device meets the workspace and computer requirements prior to taking the exam. We also recommend downloading the Guardian software used to access your live, remote exam proctor prior to your scheduled exam date.

4. The AAMC provides free resources to help you prepare for the exam. After each exam, the AAMC conducts a survey asking examinees how they prepared for the exam. Over 80 percent of examinees used the free resources available from the PREview website and found them useful in preparing for their exams. The AAMC will continue to enhance or expand these resources each year.  

5. The number of schools including the PREview exam in their admissions processes continues to grow. Review the list of current AAMC PREview® Participating Medical Schools. To provide the best care for patients, it will be critical for the next generation of doctors to provide compassionate care that nurtures the whole patient, collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary medical teams, and navigate emotional, cultural, and ethical challenges in the workplace. Medical schools are seeking students who meet specific academic requirements while also demonstrating a shared commitment to the institution’s mission and values. By completing the PREview exam, you will have an opportunity to further demonstrate your professional competencies, specifically those that medical schools have identified as important for success.  

If you have any questions prior to applying for accommodations, scheduling your appointment, or starting your exam, please email askpreview@aamc.org.

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5 Things to Know About the AAMC PREview® Exam

There’s a lot of information to take in about the AAMC PREview® Professional Readiness Exam. To get you started, here are 5 important things you need to know.

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