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Progress testing

Arno Muijtjens and Wynand Wijnen

in Lessons from Problem-based Learning

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583447
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594519 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583447.003.0022
Progress testing

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A progress test is a comprehensive test covering the cognitive objectives of an educational programme. It resembles a final exam, but, unlike a final exam, it is taken not only by students who are about to graduate but by all students of all year groups. Differences in students' knowledge levels are indicated by the level of their test scores: the average scores of more senior students are expected to be higher than those of students in the earlier years. This chapter discusses progress testing in problem-based learning (PBL). Topics covered include the role of the teacher in progress testing, the construction of questions, construction of the test, quality control, scoring and test results, setting standards, and feedback.

Keywords: knowledge levels; cognitive objectives; medical education; problem-based learning; progress testing

Chapter.  6778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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