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From: John Yang

Dear University of Otago,

Please provide the following information relating to admission into the MBChB program at the University of Otago:

(a) The rationale behind only setting UCAT thresholds for Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgment for each of the admission years 2019, 2020, and 2021. Note: If the reason is the same across all three years then it can be collated into one answer.

(b) The reason(s) as to why UCAT thresholds were not set for the Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning sections of the UCAT for each of the admission years 2019, 2020, and 2021. Note: If the reason is the same across all three years then it can be collated into one answer.

(c) The reason(s) as to why the University of Otago sets the UCAT thresholds 'conservatively' rather than 'competitively' (i.e. more people are able to satisfy the threshold requirement than not) over the last three admission years 2019, 2020, and 2021. Note: If the reason is the same across all three years then it can be collated into one answer.

(d) Given that UCAT is a test that is specifically designed to help select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviors required for new doctors, why does the University of Otago continue to use UCAT generously. That is, the rather low UCAT thresholds in the previous admission years question the necessity of using UCAT for the MBChB program in the first place.

Yours faithfully,

John Yang

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Kia ora John

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request.

If we have any questions or need to seek clarification on any points we will be in touch soon. Otherwise, we will seek to respond to your request as soon as practicable and no later than 20 working days after the date your request was received (by 30 September 2022). If we are unable to respond to your request by then, we will notify you of an extension of this timeframe.

Ngā mihi
Kelsey

Kelsey Kennard
Official Information and Compliance Coordinator

Office of the Registrar | Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te Kaunihera
University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
New Zealand | Aotearoa
Email | Īmera [University of Otago request email]

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Kia ora John

Please see attached the University of Otago's response to your Official Information Act request dated 3 September 2022.

Ngā mihi
Kelsey

Kelsey Kennard
Official Information and Compliance Coordinator

Office of the Registrar | Te Tari o Te Pouroki me te Kaituhi ki te Kaunihera
University of Otago | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo
New Zealand | Aotearoa
Email | Īmera [University of Otago request email]

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