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August 21, 1926

A NEW TYPE OF EXAMINATION FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS

JAMA. 1926;87(8):550-554. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680080016006
Abstract

In the spring of 1925, Prof. Ben D. Wood of Columbia University succeeded in interesting the Department of Anatomy, Pharmacology and Orthopedic Surgery in a new type of examination. We of the Department of Anatomy were glad to turn from the old essay type of examination to a more comprehensive test of the students' knowledge of the subject. The old type of examination had almost uniformly consisted of eight or ten essay questions for which a total of three hours was allotted. We felt that too much of the students' time was given to English composition and relatively few facts could be developed for the energy expended.

These examinations of the new type are very easy to correct and grade, but their composition is a matter of considerable difficulty. The instructors engaged in producing an examination of the comprehensive objective type must be scrupulously careful to avoid ambiguity in any

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