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How to Stop Worrying about Multiple-Choice Questions

  • Michael A. Simpson (a1)
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I believe it was Charles Kaleb Colton who wrote that: ‘Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.’ Few statements are both so true and so comforting to the examination candidate, and so usefully cautionary for the examiner.

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1. Anderson, John: The Multiple Choice Question in Medicine. Pitman Medical, 1976. (a good guide to the nature of the MCQ, with examples in general medicine).
2. Glew, Geoffrey: Multiple Choice Questions in Psychiatry. Butterworths, 1978. (a collection of questions, in 5 sample papers, with answers).
3. Fleming, P. R., Sanderson, P. H., Stokes, J. F., Walton, H. J.: Examinations in Medicine. Churchill-Livingstone, London. 1976. (a general guide, mainly for examiners, to various examination techniques, including the MCQ).
4. Hubbard, J. P. and Clemans, W. V. Multiple Choice Examinations in Medicine. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. 1961 (reprinted 1968). (slightly out of date now, but the classic work on the subject).
5. Simpson, M. A. Medical Education: A Critical Approach. Butterworths. 1972. (the standard study of the faults and problems of medical education and review of how it might be improved).
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How to Stop Worrying about Multiple-Choice Questions

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