Date of Award
Master of Science in Vision Science
Purpose: In this study, the hypothesis that undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is a better predictor for success (score at or above 300) on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I (Basic Science) (NBEOBS) than scores on the Optometry Admissions Test Reading Comprehension (OATRC) subtest was examined.
Methods: Simple correlation coefficients were computed from data compiled from four consecutive classes graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry students (2000-2004; n = 276).
Results: Although very close, undergraduate GPA proved to be a higher correlation (r = .293) among the 2 variables analyzed. A final analysis including a combination of undergraduate GPA and the OATRC scores resulted in an improved correlation (r = .398).
Conclusions: The results indicate that although undergraduate GPA shows a slightly higher correlation for success on NBEOBS, it is best predicted by a combination of undergraduate GPA and OATRC scores.
Shatek, Rebecca, "Undergraduate grade point and optometry admissions test reading comprehension scores as predictors of success on the National Board of Examiners in optometry part I (basic science) examination" (2005). College of Optometry. 1523.