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Date Updated: May 14, 2019


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Educator Guides

Educator Guide Manual

Constructing Written Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences

A resource for faculty members and others interested in learning how to write better quality test items. Available in English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. Access the PDF Download

Test Blueprinting I: Selecting an Assessment Method PDF

Test Blueprinting

Health profession educators and others can now learn about assessment creation and delivery through these additional NBME Educator Guides. These companion lessons include content on assessment methods and blueprinting. Test Blueprinting I: Selecting an Assessment Method PDF Test Blueprinting II: Creating a Test Blueprint PDF


Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)

These NBME Educator Guides cover content on building a clinical skills center, quality assurance of standardized patients, and several other clinical skills topic areas. OSCE I: Building a Clinical Skills Center PDF OSCE II: Developing Rating Scales and Checklists for OSCEs PDF OSCE III: Quality Assurance of Standardized Patients PDF OSCE IV: Training Physicians to Rate OSCE Patient Notes PDF OSCE V: Working with Standardized Patients for Assessment PDF

Annual Report and Committee & Volunteer Directory

Annual Report Committee Members

Summarizes the progress achieved through our engagements and assessment improvements, plus provides updates to programs and services, recognition and grants, and assessment-related research.

Download the Annual Report PDF

Provides a complete listing of NBME and USMLE committees and volunteers serving in 2018

Download the Committee & Volunteer Directory PDF

Online Interactive Item Writing Tutorial

Item Writing Tutorial

NBME's Writing Multiple Choice Questions: An Introductory Tutorial is a self-paced interactive tutorial that provides a foundation for writing quality multiple-choice questions. This tutorial is designed to introduce some of the main principles of item writing to individuals who write questions for examinations in the field of medicine and across the range of health professions.

   Featured topics include:

  • the anatomy of an item
  • basic rules for writing good stems and options
  • characteristics of a quality "best-answer" item
  • writing items to assess clinical reasoning
  • common item flaws
  • strategies for evaluating test items

The tutorial is organized into sections so that you can complete only a portion of it and easily return later; the entire tutorial takes about 45 minutes to complete. You can access the tutorial at: www.nbme.org/IWTutorial

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