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Med Unis simplify application process

The three Austrian medical universities in Vienna, Graz und Innsbruck are for the first time getting together to make sure they carry out a joint admission test.

From the fifth of July of this year candidates for the 1500 places at the three universities will need to take a joint test showing a mixture of scientific knowledge and cognitive ability in order to qualify for a place.

And the vice rector at Innsbruck University, Norbert Mutz, said this move was simply the start of a new admissions process. From 2014 the test will also be joint but in two stages – and will include a personality test and an examination of the applicants social, emotional and communication skills. This process will be finalised in 2015.

Up until now the acceptance criteria are varied. At Graz there are 360 places available on the basis of a test of scientific knowledge. But in Vienna 740 places and in Innsbruck 400 places are handed out based on a test of  cognitive ability. But both of these use a different basis to work out who is eligible.

In addition in Vienna there is the controversial gender adjustment whereby results are judged based on gender whereby women with lower marks were getting places ahead of men who scored better results.

The new testing system will also mean a unified application process. Between the first and twentieth of February is the online registration and then payment needs to be made of the fees for the application between the 27 of February and the 12th of March. After that the registration is set, but applications can only be made at one of the universities.

75 percent of the places will go to Austrian applicants, 20 percent to applicants from the EU and five percent to applicants from non-EU countries.

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