NMBE U Online Lessons

Purposes, Types and Educational Uses of MCQ Examinations

Lesson Objectives

  1. Describe what information is best captured by a multiple-choice question (MCQ).
  2. List four types of MCQ examinations.
  3. Explain the different uses for each type of test.
  4. Describe the inferences that can be supported based on the type of test.

Suggested NBME U Companion Courses

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  • Setting Pass/Fail Standards
  • Strategies for Organizing Question Writing and Review
  • Structuring Multiple-Choice Questions
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