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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832

Abstract

SARRIAS-RAMIS, Ramón  and  PEREZ, Jorge. Requirement to pass a subject and academic achievement. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.1, pp.63-65. ISSN 2014-9840.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S2014-98322015000100010.

Aim. To determine if a higher requirement to pass a subject increases student learning. Subjects and methods. With medical students at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, we compared the results of two large second-year subjects with the same features but with different degree of requirement to pass the subject. Results. The results were very similar in both situations. No differences in student performance were found in the two subjects. Conclusions. A higher requirement did not increase the student achievement. Possibly would be because medical students, motivated and bright, usually try to achieve their best.

Keywords : Assessment; Medical students; Pass-fail standards.

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