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Table 2 Rank preferences by type of examination: usefulness in assessing fund of knowledge and clinical ability (1 = most useful and 4 = least useful)

From: Learner perception of oral and written examinations in an international medical training program

  Structured oral exam Multiple-choice exam Semi-structured oral exam Essay exam p value
Fund of knowledgea 1.55b 2.68 2.77 3.00 p < 0.01
Clinical abilityc 1.61b 2.73 2.57 3.00 p < 0.01
  1. aMissing data: 2 of the 24 respondents did not respond to this question
  2. bOral pre-test ranked significantly higher than the other three exams on both measures: fund of knowledge and clinical abilities. No other significant pairwise comparisons found
  3. cMissing data: 1 of the 24 respondents did not respond to this question