Table 4

Student rating of assessment formats

Question:

Difficult %

Undecided %

Easy %


Which of the following formats is easiest?

MCQ

48

26

26

Essay/SAQ

38

44

18

OSCE

43

45

12

Clerkship ratings

21

47

32


Question:

Unfair %

Undecided %

Fair %


Which of the following formats is fairest?

MCQ

29

28

43

Essay/SAQ

7

25

68

OSCE

4

16

80

Clerkship ratings

16

26

58


Question:

Learn very little %

Undecided %

Learn a lot %


From which of the following formats do you learn most?

MCQ

28

37

35

Essay/SAQ

12

37

51

OSCE

15

25

60

Clerkship ratings

20

18

62


Question:

Used much less %

Undecided %

Used much more %


Which of the following formats should be used more often in the clinical years of the programme?

MCQ

31

59

10

Essay/SAQ

9

52

39

OSCE

5

43

52

Clerkship ratings

12

56

32


MCQ – multiple choice question; SAQ – short answer question; OSCE -objective structured clinical examination

Pierre et al. BMC Medical Education 2004 4:22   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-4-22

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