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The aim of this study was to compare the performance across three assessment formats in online test administration; Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Short Answer Questions (SAQs) and Option Probability Theory questions (OPTs) on a sample of 276 Bachelor of Medicine an...


If you have heard of the underlying principles of computer-adaptive testing (CAT), you will know the concept is relatively straightforward (avoiding the obvious discussion of the complex algorithms underlying this concept). That however does not necessarily mean it is...


“The toughest question of all: why is Australia falling behind in maths?”

– The Sydney Morning Herald; July 26, 2015


Numeracy levels of Australian teenagers show that 4 out of 10 lack ‘baseline’ maths skills (PISA, 2012).


Why? Because they do not understand the basics!




We have all been there. When your organisation / department needs an engagement, well-being or customer satisfaction survey whipped up, quickly, to tick some boxes in order to meet KPIs. Yes, we know this happens. 


Well, as easy as it might sound, or see...


EPEC's Founder and Exec Director, Professor John Barnard delivered his presidential address at the IACAT Conference on 14 September 2015 in Cambridge, England.


Entitled, 'Improving Precision of CAT Measures', Prof Barnard questioned dichotomous scoring (scoring only as...


On July 9, 2015 we had the opportunity to showcase our approach to mitigating guessing in multiple-choice questions (MCQs) at the XIV ECP Conference in Milan, Italy.


Under the overarching theme of 'Linking Technology and Psychology: feeding the mind, energy for life',...


Many of us conduct research by collecting data to report on areas such as performance, satisfaction, safety, health and well-being. One of the easiest ways to collect this data, can be through questionnaires due to their versatility, efficiency and often, generalisabil...


In short, it depends on why the test is being used. 


Diagnostic tests can be used to measure how much a test-taker already knows about a specific content area, and to identify areas which may need further improvement.

These tests can be used specifically on known a...


As Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) is being adopted, the controversial discussion relating to whether candidates should be allowed to review and change their responses under exam conditions has increased. 

In comparable paper-and-pencil testing conditions, it has b...



We had a great time at the ANZAHPE - AMEA (Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators - Asian Medical Education Association) Conference from 29 March - 1 April, 2015, held at the Newcastle Town Hall in Newcastle, Australia.


EPEC was able...

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