About the AAMC PREview® Professional Readiness Exam

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The AAMC PREview® professional readiness exam is designed to assess examinees’ understanding of effective pre-professional behavior across eight core competencies for entering medical students. The competencies were identified by medical educators as important for students to understand in order to be successful in medical school.

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What is the PREview exam?

The PREview is a standardized exam that presents a series of hypothetical scenarios students may encounter in medical school and asks examinees to evaluate the effectiveness of a series of behavioral responses to each scenario. The PREview exam is designed to assess examinees’ understanding of effective pre-professional behavior most relevant for entering medical students. The AAMC collaborates with subject matter experts in the medical school community, including faculty, admissions officers, and student and diversity affairs officers to tailor the PREview exam for medical schools.

What is measured on the PREview exam?

Examinees’ responses provide insight into their knowledge of effective and ineffective behaviors across eight core pre-professional competencies for entering medical students:

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  • Service Orientation.
  • Social Skills.
  • Cultural Competence.
  • Teamwork.
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others.
  • Resilience and Adaptability.
  • Reliability and Dependability.
  • Capacity for Improvement.

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2023 AAMC PREview® Essentials

The AAMC PREview® Essentials for Testing Year 2023: The official policy and procedure guide for the AAMC PREview exam.

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The AAMC is committed to providing all individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency on the AAMC PREview® exam. This includes ensuring access to persons with disabilities in accordance with relevant law.

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