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Medical School Admission Tests Stolen from University of Texas

April 30, 1991

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Copies of the national Medical College Admission Tests were stolen from the University of Texas shortly after a new edition of the test was administered for the first time in 14 years, officials said.

″This is a big deal because it’s a new testing program,″ said Karen Mitchell, director of the testing program for the Association of American Medical Colleges, MCAT’s developer and owner. ″This is very dramatic. We have never had a theft like this.″

The MCAT is one of several measures used by medical school admissions boards in evaluating applicants.

University police say 290 exam booklets were taken from the school’s testing center sometime between late Saturday and early Sunday.

The university was one of 400 that administered the 8 1/2 -hour test on Saturday. University officials say 262 students took the test in Austin, but no answer sheets were stolen and test-takers will not have to repeat the exam.

But the next test may have been jeopardized by the theft, Mitchell said.

″It’s impossible to say how this will compromise the fall test,″ Mitchell said.

″The last time the test underwent major revisions was in 1977,″ she said. ″It has taken several years to develop and a great, great deal of work has gone into developing it.″

The burglars forced open a window and took the exams from a locked storage room, the police report says. Police said they were following some ″good leads″ but did not have any suspects.

Two years ago, law exams were stolen by a University of Texas employee, said university police investigator Chris Funke. The staff member was caught selling the exams and later fired.

The national administrator of the test, American College Testing of Iowa City, Iowa, has sent an expert in test security to Austin to assist local authorities, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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