AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam Now Available for 2023 Admissions Cycle

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During the 2022-2023 application cycle, more medical schools will begin to use the AAMC PREview™ professional readiness exam (formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test) as part of their admissions processes. Learn more about what to expect this year.

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The AAMC has always helped America’s medical schools educate the future physician workforce to meet the health needs of our communities. Now we are working together to ensure that the application process increasingly reflects our shared commitment to building a diverse physician workforce and ensures the next generation of physicians is even more prepared for the challenges they will face. 

After nearly a decade of research with many U.S. medical schools, the AAMC is pleased to offer the AAMC PREview professional readiness exam for applicants to an expanded list of participating schools for the 2023 application cycle. The PREview exam, formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test during its pilot phase, is designed to look beyond academic metrics to assess and evaluate personal competencies such as resilience, service orientation, ethics, cultural competence, and teamwork. When combined with other elements of the admissions process, the PREview exam provides a more complete picture of applicants and helps schools identify applicants who demonstrate these core competencies.  

This research shows that the PREview exam evaluates applicants from all backgrounds more equitably. It also predicts how students will use these non-academic skills in their related coursework, as well as how faculty rate their performance. 

For the upcoming season, we are continuing to expand the number of participating medical schools that use the test in their admissions processes. 

Important details for the 2022-23 application cycle 

For medical school applicants 

  • After careful consideration, starting this year there will be a $100 flat fee for applicants who take the PREview exam, including unlimited score distribution. The fee structure offers the best value for most applicants who typically submit eight or more applications. 

  • The flat fee will be waived for applicants who apply and are approved to receive benefits through the AAMC Fee Assistance Program. 

  • The AAMC will continue to provide free test preparation products, including a full-length practice exam. 

  • Applicants will register for an exam date and complete the exam online at a location of their choosing (e.g. at home, a library, etc.) from June through September. 

  • The exam takes approximately 75 minutes to complete and will be secured by a live remote human proctor. 

  • Applicants will receive their PREview scores within 30 days of testing. 

  • The list of participating schools for the 2023 cycle will be posted on the PREview website in February. 

For participating medical schools 

  • The AAMC will provide schools with resources that share validation and evaluation results to support integration of PREview scores and enhance their holistic admissions process. 

  • Schools will receive PREview scores within 30 days of testing. 

  • PREview scores will be fully integrated into the AMCAS Data Exchange Service so schools will receive scores alongside other application data. 

Questions? 

There will be a webinar for applicants closer to the PREview registration opening this spring. Applicants and advisors are also encouraged to email their questions to askpreview@aamc.org.

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