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.
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