Practice test pilots

Report on the practice test pilots recently conducted and next piloting opportunity for Canadian graduating medical students (3rd and 4th year): Thank you to the 2,000+ students from across Canada who participated in MCC’s Multiple-Choice Question Practice Test (March/April 2017) - valuable feedback was gathered. Another cross-Canada piloting activity (also free for participants) will be offered with a Clinical Decision Making and Multiple-Choice Question focus in March/April 2018. Practice test pilots as well as ongoing consultations and Q&A sessions at key conferences are among the many ways that MCC continually gathers candidate and stakeholder input to inform examination planning and content, including creating additional candidate support tools and products.

Report on the practice test pilots recently conducted and next piloting opportunity for Canadian graduating medical students (3rd and 4th year): Thank you to the 2,000+ students from across Canada who participated in MCC’s Multiple-Choice Question Practice Test (March/April 2017) – valuable feedback was gathered. Another cross-Canada piloting activity (also free for participants) will be offered with a Clinical Decision Making and Multiple-Choice Question focus in March/April 2018. Practice test pilots as well as ongoing consultations and Q&A sessions at key conferences are among the many ways that MCC continually gathers candidate and stakeholder input to inform examination planning and content, including creating additional candidate support tools and products.

About the practice test pilots* conducted in March/April 2017 (Multiple-Choice questions focus):

  • MCC engaged graduating medical students (3rd and 4th year) in the delivery of a Multiple-Choice Question self-administered practice test;
  • The pilot was scheduled from March 20-April 13, 2017 and was offered for free to universities and students; and
  • Fifteen universities provided laboratory space, computer seats for students, and proctors to simulate a true examination.

Overall experience and outcomes:

  • More than 2,000 students participated across Canada;
  • Data was collected on the performance of 384 newly created items/questions;
  • While there were isolated technical issues and one contingency planning incident (one venue experienced a fire alarm), overall this was a highly successful initiative. Our thanks to participants for your patience as we worked swiftly to correct any problems. We have logged lessons learned and will have a new user-friendly platform to deliver next year’s pilot activity;
  • Examples of student feedback include:
    “Overall, very helpful to go through this and get a sense of what the exam will be like”
    “Thanks for offering this practice test”
    “Great preparation for the MCCQE Part I”
    “Was easy to use, straight forward, clear on how to maneuver”
  • This activity will help launch three new Multiple-Choice Questions Practice Tests in January 2018 (fee-based), with more to follow in 2019.

Piloting opportunity for graduating medical students – 3rd and 4th year (Clinical Decision Making and Multiple-Choice question focus, spring 2018):

  • MCC will be offering another free piloting activity across Canada from March 6 to April 6, 2018 for Canadian graduating medical students (3rd and 4th year);
  • The focus will be Multiple-Choice Questions and Clinical Decision Making cases.

Why are we doing practice test pilots?

  • Our primary goal was to collect data on newly created Multiple-Choice Questions to update the MCC Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I preparatory products for 2018 and 2019. These future preparatory products will provide Canadian and international medical students and graduates with high quality practice tests available to them when preparing to write the MCCQE Part I; and
  • MCC wants to ensure that the quality of new candidate support tools and products follow the current content development processes of the MCCQE Part I as well as the new Blueprint starting in 2018.

Next steps:

  • MCC will be reaching out to universities shortly to sign-up for the spring 2018 practice test pilots.

*Please go to “Tests” in our Glossary to source the definition for “Practice Tests”