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Table 4 Student rating of assessment formats

From: Student evaluation of an OSCE in paediatrics at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Which of the following formats is easiest?
Question: Difficult % Undecided % Easy %
MCQ 48 26 26
Essay/SAQ 38 44 18
OSCE 43 45 12
Clerkship ratings 21 47 32
Question: Unfair % Undecided % Fair %
Which of the following formats is fairest?
MCQ 29 28 43
Essay/SAQ 7 25 68
OSCE 4 16 80
Clerkship ratings 16 26 58
Question: Learn very little % Undecided % Learn a lot %
From which of the following formats do you learn most?
MCQ 28 37 35
Essay/SAQ 12 37 51
OSCE 15 25 60
Clerkship ratings 20 18 62
Question: Used much less % Undecided % Used much more %
Which of the following formats should be used more often in the clinical years of the programme?
MCQ 31 59 10
Essay/SAQ 9 52 39
OSCE 5 43 52
Clerkship ratings 12 56 32
  1. MCQ – multiple choice question; SAQ – short answer question; OSCE -objective structured clinical examination