The test was composed of 200 one-best answers type-A MCQs targeting the core knowledge that medical graduates are expected to have. The exam blueprint considered various body systems, medical disciplines and processes that graduates are expected to be involved in. Commonly encountered clinical problems and high- risk situations where early intervention makes a difference were of prime interest.
Test items had to follow a uniform design, a statement with a vignette, a lead in, and five options (one correct choice, three distracters, and " do not know". The "do not know" option was introduced to encourage students to admit lack of information when present and to decrease the liability of guessing which would decrease the reliability of the test.
The test was conducted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 as a multi-centric exam in all participating colleges. It was a paper and pencil test extending for four hours (with 72 seconds for each item as an average). Twelve medical colleges in the Kingdom participated with a total of 3830 students sitting for the test.
Calculation of results
After scanning of response sheets, results were adjusted to consider the number of correct and wrong responses.
This was applied to the total score as well as score in each component.
Each student will be able to access his own results compared to those of same batch in his/her own college and throughout the Kingdom.