The effect of defined violations of test security on admissions outcomes using multiple mini-interviews Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • INTRODUCTION: Heterogeneous results exist regarding the impact of security violations on student performances in objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Three separate studies investigate whether anticipated security violations result in undesirable enhancement of MMI performance ratings. METHODS: Study 1: low-stakes: MMI station stems provided to a random half of 57 medical school applicants 2 weeks in advance of participation in a research study. Study 2: high-stakes: 384 medical school applicants sat a 12-station MMI to determine admission. Each half received 1 of 2 pilot MMI station stems 2 weeks in advance. Study 3: high-stakes: 38 interviewees with dual applications to occupational therapy and physiotherapy experienced the same 7-station MMI twice on the same date. RESULTS: No statistically significant differences in MMI performances were detected. CONCLUSIONS: Predictable violations of MMI security do not unduly influence applicant performance ratings.

publication date

  • January 2006