Written Assessment

Lambert W.T. Schuwirth, Cees P.M. van der Vleuten

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Choosing the most appropriate type of written examination for a certain purpose is often difficult. This article discussessome general issues of written assessment, then gives an overview of the most commonly used types, together with their major advantages and disadvantages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine
EditorsPeter Cantillon, Diana Wood, Sarah Yardley
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-118-89216-9
ISBN (Print) 978-1-118-89217-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameABC Series
PublisherBMJ Books


  • written examination
  • question type
  • reliability
  • validity
  • question formats

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    Schuwirth, L. W. T., & van der Vleuten, C. P. M. (2017). Written Assessment. In P. Cantillon, D. Wood, & S. Yardley (Eds.), ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine (3rd ed., pp. 65-70). (ABC Series). Wiley-Blackwell.