Correlation MCQ with other assesment of first year medical students

Feda Anisah Makkiyah, Tiwuk Susatiningsih, Rahmah Hida Nurrizka


Assesment is one of the most important issues that urge the medical students to learn. Nowadays the objective assesment gain its popularity. There are many assesments that composite the total assesment’s scores of a medical student, which are oral tests (SOCA), short essay tests (OSPE) and clinical skills tests (OSCE). MCQ test is considered to be the best methode because of the reliability of the test. First year of medical learning is a critical phase because this is the transition phase of high school-based learning to university-based learning. Therefore, the evaluation of assesment of the first year examination’s results might give better explanation about the transition of  learning process  that  actually is the strong foundation of  the long term  medical learning process in the later years. The aim of this study was to find out the correlation of results of MCQ, SOCA and OSPE in first year medical students and to  seek out whether gender correlates with the MCQ scores (as the best method of assesment). Population of sampel was 160 medical students. Data was collected from Computerized Educational System (SIAK-NG) that was numeric. All data was assessed by normality test and analyzed by Spearman Correlation test by SPSS 22 software. In the first semester, mean scores of SOCA was the highest and MCQ and OSPE were the second and the third highest. There was a downward tren of MCQ  mean scores between first and second semester. However, in the second semester MCQ was the lowest mean scores of the assesment. Regarding the corrrelation between MCQ and SOCA and OSPE was strong (p <0,01) and correlation between MCQ and OSPE was stronger than MCQ and SOCA. Gender has no correlation with MCQ results. MCQ as a more objective assesment  correlated more to OSPE (short essay tests)  than to SOCA in first year medicine students. There was no gender difference between MCQ results of those students.

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