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Med school applicants grades according to sex

FILE - In this July 8, 2011 file photo applicants for the medical university sit in a hall of the Vienna Fair prior to their tests, in Vienna, Austria.

FILE - In this July 8, 2011 file photo applicants for the medical university sit in a hall of the Vienna Fair prior to their tests, in Vienna, Austria.  (AP)

Vienna's medical university says that this year's applicants to medical school will be graded according to gender, with the results weighed toward women.

Deputy dean of studies Karin Guiterrez-Lobos says an unspecified "adjustment factor" will be included in female applicants' results when they are graded on July 6 entry exams.

She told the Austria Press Agency Wednesday that results will then be evaluated to see if the measures should be made permanent.

Fifty-six percent of applicants who took the test last year were women but they comprised only 43 percent of those who passed.

Guiterrez-Lobos says the idea is "not to give women an advantage but to see whether this adjustment cancels the disadvantages" faced by female applicants.