Written Examinations

Traditional MCQ Exams

Course-based MCQ Written exams are multiple choice selected-response exams that are most appropriate for assessing factual knowledge across multiple domains. If properly constructed, they can also be used to assess problem-solving skills.

  • Multiple-choice questions are used for course-based written exams to test knowledge of course content
  • Suitable for “Knows” and “Knows How”
  • Focus on competencies in the Medical Expert role, with perhaps some in the Health Advocate and Professional roles
  • Used within courses, e.g. mid-term and final for Foundations of Medical Practice (FOMP) and Transition into Clinical Education (TICE) courses
  • Similar to current MCQs, but with some reduction in volume
  • Assessment of learning: Evaluate student learning

Progress Tests

Progress Test Exams are MCQ examinations that represent exit competency level material. These exams occur repeatedly through the four years of the program, with different MCQ’s each time. Each progress test will be relatively low-stakes, and can provide powerful formative feedback to students. Multiple sittings of the exam allow demonstration of a learning trajectory that, in aggregate, can be part of higher stakes decision making. Exit-level knowledge competencies emphasize long-term knowledge retention, and require students to focus on continuous improvement.

  • Progress tests are comprised of MCQ questions that sample the complete knowledge domain expected of an MD graduate
  • Suitable for “Knows” and “Knows How”
  • Focus on competencies in the Medical Expert role, with perhaps some in the Health Advocate and Professional roles
  • Two per year (e.g. August and January)
  • Low-stakes assessment of learning: Cumulative results over time will be used to flag students who are falling behind
  • Assessment for learning: Provide feedback about performance across subject and competency domains to guide learning

Contact

Dr. Lilah Rossi, Progress Tests and MCQ Assessment Lead