Exam services

The Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE) supports those responsible for exams in the development, implementation and evaluation of structured exams, and is committed to a high measurement quality and fairness in evaluations.

It has been offering exam services for over 40 years, primarily in medical graduate and postgraduate education, but also in diverse non-medical areas such as biology and IT. Currently, it is providing guidance for over 200 exams.

From concept to result

The AAE advises you in creating your exam concept: Definition of learning aims and required competences, selection of exam methods and practical implementation. If desired, exams that have already been developed or implemented can be analysed in terms of their measurement properties.

We support you in all steps of the exam cycle – through services and software.

The AAE provides support in the examination of

  • (clinical) knowledge and problem-solving skills (e.g. Multiple Choice, short-answer questions, Script Concordance Test or structured oral examination),
  • practical skills (e.g. structured practical examination, OSCE),
  • professional competence in everyday life (e.g. Mini-CEX, DOPS, MSF).

Our offer for the individual steps of the exam

Develop exam regulations and blueprint, set dates and areas of responsibility

depending on blueprint and available question pool

Train authors in the creation of “state-of-the-art” exams and tasks (e.g. multiple-choice and open questions, structured oral and practical exams, Objective Structured Clinical Examination OSCE), gather and manage exam tasks in electronic question tools

Check formal quality criteria and language

Coordinate and check translations

Select and compile exam tasks from the question pool according to blueprint and further criteria

Create instructions, time schedules, exam booklets, electronically readable answer sheets and/or electronic exams

Arrange standardized/simulated patients for practical exams, instruct supervisory personnel, implement exams on paper or electronically, make tablets available for exams, monitor candidates and support examiners

Merge candidates’ answers – paper-based or electronic exams – with solution keys, analyze exam using internationally recognized statistical procedures, recommend checking/revision of conspicuous tasks, implement standard-setting methods and suggest pass marks

Calculate results/process results specific to target group (detailed exam feedback to candidates, results lists and analysis reports to experts, comments to appeals committees), possible updating of database (measurement data are again entered into the exam task)