NMBE U Online Lessons

Writing MCQs to Assess Application of Clinical Science Knowledge

Lesson Objectives

  1. Write vignettes, lead-ins and option sets that test examinees’ application of clinical science knowledge.
  2. Use worksheets and templates to write consistently structured multiple-choice question stems with focused lead-ins that pose clearly defined clinical tasks for examinees.
  3. Write homogeneous option sets with distractors that are appropriate for the examinees’ stage of training.

Suggested NBME U Companion Courses

  • Incorporating Graphics and Multimedia into MCQs
  • Item Analysis and Key Validation
  • MCQ Flaws and How to Avoid Them
  • Purposes, Types, and Educational Uses of MCQ Examinations
  • Setting Pass/Fail Standards
  • Strategies for Organizing Question Writing and Review
  • Structuring Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Writing MCQs to Assess Application of Basic Science Knowledge
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