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Learn How to Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions

NBME provides high quality remote Item Writing Workshop delivery experiences via an interactive virtual meeting platform. In order to best serve our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, all Item Writing Workshops will be delivered remotely.

Item writing workshops give you the tools to develop exam questions that more effectively test your students’ knowledge. They are designed and administered by a team of internationally recognized experts in the fields of test development, psychometrics, and medical education research.

Whether you’re new to the process of developing exam items or have years of experience, we’ll teach you skills and techniques that you can apply immediately on your own assessments.   

Item workshops cover the following topics:

  • Writing questions that focus on application of knowledge versus recall of isolated facts
  • Eliminating technical item flaws and avoiding clues that benefit test-wise examinees
  • Recognizing irrelevant item difficulty
  • Writing clinical vignettes
  • Writing items that integrate basic science knowledge and clinical application

Additional workshop topics:

  • Examination planning and blueprinting
  • Standard-setting, item analysis, and other psychometric activities
  • Item-writing process management
e.g., basic science course coordinators; clinicians; faculty, residency/fellowship staff, etc.