Norman Johnson & Anton Pozniak
Published in: Springer-Verlag
Release Year: 1986
ISBN: 978-1-4471-1413-0
Pages: 92
Edition: 1st
File Size: 972 KB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of MRCP Part I

Multiple choice questions have been a popular way of setting exams for at least 20 years. However fair or unfair they appear to be, they are destined to remain apart of the system. The main reason for their popularity is that they provide a compact method of testing the candidate's knowledge over a very wide field. This is an obvious advantage in a subject such as Medicine. Multiple choice questions allow easy and unbiased marking which can be performed rapidly by computer. Computerized marking also facilitates qualitative control of questions and statistical analysis of the exam. In order to discourage wild guessing a heavy penalty is introduced in the form of a negative score for an incorrect answer which usually results in candidates' answer sheets being returned with a proportion of 'don't knows'.
The MRCP Part l examination is held three times a year in many centres in the United Kingdom and abroad. A maximum of four attempts at Part I are allowed. Re-entry may be deferred if the candidate fails badly. No set syllabus is published by the Royal Colleges but recently the emphasis of the exam has been on the basic sciences, which will comprise up to 30% of the exam. Sixty multiple choice questions are used from an ever-changling bank of about 4000 questions. A breakdown of the relative distribution of questions is given below.
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