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Date Updated: December 1, 2014

Faculty Services

NBME Item Writing Workshop

Learn how to write better quality Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) for the Basic and Clinical Sciences

The NBME is pleased to offer workshops to faculty to help enhance the quality of test items for use in examinations and programs at the medical school.  NBME staff will plan and facilitate a workshop to meet your medical school's individual needs.  Workshops are available globally on a year-round basis and can take place in your own school. Learn More about NBME’s Item Writing Workshops

Request an Item Writing Workshop

Item Writing Resources from NBME

The NBME offers a variety of educational materials and instructional opportunities to help enhance the quality of test items used by educators and assessors in the healthcare professions around the world, including:

  • Item Writing Manual: Constructing Written Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Online Interactive Item Writing Tutorial: Writing Multiple Choice Questions: An Introductory Tutorial

Learn more about NBME’s Item Writing Services.

Faculty Item Review Program

Schools interested in giving faculty the opportunity to review test content similar to Step 1 or Step 2 CK may use the NBME Self-Assessment Services for this purpose. Schools may purchase vouchers for faculty to use in requesting this service. For details, see the Self-Assessment Services Payment Voucher Service.


NBME U* is an online collection of lessons for individuals interested in learning a range of topics relevant to high quality assessment. The lessons are designed to provide brief overviews of assessment topics that are of interest to those in the health professions’ education community at no cost to the learner. Subjects include test design and blueprinting, test material development for common formats, and standard setting. Learn more about NBME U and the lessons available.

* NBME U is not an educational institution, and the information and services provided through the NBME U website are not part of an accredited or state-approved educational program.


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