Progress Test Examination Year 1
Full course description
Starting in the academic year 2017-2018 progress tests for the International Medical Program will take place online (compared to the previous written tests). The IPT differs from the iVTG (the Dutch progress test) as it is shorter due to a technology used called computer-adaptive testing. As the test is taken by computer, students cannot take the test booklet home. Furthermore the IPT does not contain items related to Dutch laws, the Dutch code of ethics and the Dutch healthcare system and items have been added that are more suitable for international and internationally-oriented students. All references for the IPT test items are in the English language. The IPT has an IPT committee which takes care of the production, quality, analysis, and standards of the test, as well as the feedback to the students. The coordinator of the IPT has been appointed as examiner by the Board of Examiners. In addition to writing new and more internationally oriented test items, the IPT committee also checks items that are currently used for the test and rewrite them as needed. All items approved by the IPT committee are added to an item bank. The IPT committee consists of a chairperson (the coordinator, a psychometrics analysist in charge of standard setting and test analysis) and five members from the three cluster disciplines: core, clinical and behavioural modules. The international progress test (IPT) is an instrument to measure medical students’ progress in knowledge during their studies and is therefore an assessment instrument in the competence domain of ‘medical expert’. The progress exam consists of four progress tests per academic year.
The tests are compiled based on a blueprint indicating how many items from each sub-area should be included in the test. Sub-areas are created by crossing two item classifications (disciplines and categories). The test blueprint is similar to the iVTG blueprint (except for categories as described above) Each test contains 100 MCQ questions. There will be four of these tests per year and the combination regulations as described below (Progress Exam) apply across progress tests for judging the end result at the end of the year.