Collaboration across the pond: the multi-school progress testing project

D B Swanson, K Z Holtzman, A Butler, M M Langer, M V Nelson, J W M Chow, R Fuller, J A Patterson, M Boohan, The Multi-School Progress Testing Committee

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This collaborative project between the National Board of Medical Examiners and four schools in the UK is investigating the feasibility and utility of a cross-school progress testing program drawing on test material recently retired from the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination. This article describes the design of the progress test; the process used to build, translate (localize), review, and finalize test forms; the approach taken to (web-based) test administration; and the procedure used to calculate and report scores. Results to date have demonstrated that it is feasible to use test items written for the US licensing examination as a base for developing progress test forms for use in the UK. Some content areas can be localized more readily than others, and care is clearly needed in review and revision of test materials to ensure that it is clinically appropriate and suitably phrased for use in the UK. Involvement of content experts in review and vetting of the test material is essential, and it is clearly desirable to supplement expert review with the use of quality control procedures based on the item statistics as a final check on the appropriateness of individual test items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-5
Number of pages6
JournalMedical teacher
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Educational Measurement/standards
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Internet
  • Licensure, Medical
  • Schools, Medical
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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