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Table 10 A comparison of end-of-semester examination styles across degree programs

From: An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

End-of-semester exam type Science (n = 59) Pharmacy (n = 41) Nursing (n = 24) Medicine (n = 27)
Theory examination: only MCQ 5.3% 4.8% 9.5% 15.1%
Theory examination: only SAQ or Essay 38.6% 11.9% 4.8% 3%
Theory examination: mix of MCQ/SAQ or Essay 50.9% 66.6% 81% 60.6%
Practical examination: mix of MCQ/SAQ or Essay 1.8% 2.4% 0 3%
Practical examination: OSCE 0 14.3% 0 12.1%
Other 3.5% 0 4.8% 6.1%
  1. Data are expressed as percentage of total end-of-semester examinations surveyed for each degree program.
  2. n = Number of courses surveyed.
  3. MCQ = Multiple-choice question.
  4. SAQ = Short-answer question.
  5. OSCE = Objective structured clinical examination.