Has there been a change in the knowledge of GP registrars between 2011 and 2016 as measured by performance on common items in the Applied Knowledge Test?

Neden, Catherine A. and Parkin, Claire and Blow, Carol and Siriwardena, A. Niroshan (2018) Has there been a change in the knowledge of GP registrars between 2011 and 2016 as measured by performance on common items in the Applied Knowledge Test? Education for Primary Care . pp. 1-7. ISSN 1473-9879

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Has there been a change in the knowledge of GP registrars between 2011 and 2016 as measured by performance on common items in the Applied Knowledge Test?

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess whether the absolute standard of candidates sitting the MRCGP Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) between 2011 and 2016 had changed. It is a descriptive study comparing the performance on marker questions of a reference group of UK graduates taking the AKT for the first time between 2011 and 2016. Using aggregated examination data, the performance of individual ‘marker’ questions was compared using Pearson’s chi-squared tests and trend-line analysis. Binary logistic regression was used to analyse changes in performance over the study period. Changes in performance of individual marker questions using Pearson’s chi-squared test showed statistically significant differences in 32 of the 49 questions included in the study. Trend line analysis showed a positive trend in 29 questions and a negative trend in the remaining 23. The magnitude of change was small. Logistic regression did not demonstrate any evidence for a change in the performance of the question set over the study period. However, candidates were more likely to get items on administration wrong compared with clinical medicine or research. There was no evidence of a change in performance of the question set as a whole.

Keywords:medical education, assessment, Applied Knowledge Test, multiple choice test, standard
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
X Education > X900 Others in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:27 Jun 2018 21:05

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