A Preliminary Inquiry on the Association between PreAdmission Assessments.

Anisa Vahed*, Subranalene Naidoo, Deepak Singh

*Corresponding author for this work

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The use of selection, diagnostic, proficiency, placement, admission, manual dexterity and aptitude tests can reportedly predict students’ academic success. Predictive admission procedures help to reduce dropout rates, improve
academic performance, increase success rates, and selectively exclude applicants who are unlikely to be successful in the course. There is an absence of research, however, in this area of work in Dental Technology. To examine the association between pre-admission assessments and Dental Technology students’ academic performance in a South African University of Technology.
A quantitative and cross-sectional study design was used. The target populations were the 2018 and 2019 first-year Dental Technology students. Retrospective data extracted from academic records and programme files were statistically analysed to measure the correlations against students’
academic performance. Despite there being no significant differences between
pre-admission tests and students’ academic performance, there were significant positive correlations between first year university subjects. There are indications of horizontal coherence between the discipline-specific subjects in the first-year Dental Technology curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187
Number of pages193
JournalSouth African Dental Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Manual dexterity tests
  • Dental Technology
  • curriculum coherences
  • cognitive abilities
  • psychomotor skill


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