Assessment Design

Writing classroom assessments or conducting clinical evaluations is difficult and time consuming.  We hope you will find the resources below helpful.

Online Resources

The CORAL Collection

2 Interactive modules on assessment from University of Saskatchewan:

Methods of assessment: An Introduction

Work-place Methods of Assessment

HowTo: NBME Style Question Writing

Writing Good Multiple Choice Test Questions

Writing Effective Test Questions


Selected Research

Ben-David, M. F. (2000). AMEE Guide No. 18: Standard setting in student assessment. Medical Teacher, 22(2), 120–130.

Challis, M. (1999). AMEE Medical Education Guide No. 11 (revised): Portfolio-based learning and assessment in medical education. Medical Teacher, 21(4), 370–386.

Epstein, R. M. (2007). Assessment in medical education. New England Journal of Medicine, 356(4), 387–396.

Harden, R. M. (1999). AMEE Guide No. 14: Outcome-based education: Part 1-An introduction to outcome-based education. Medical Teacher, 21(1), 7–14.

Hays, R. (2008). Assessment in medical education: Roles for clinical teachers. Clinical Teacher, 5(1), 23.

Howley, L. D. (2004). Performance assessment in medical education: Where we’ve been and where we’re going. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 27(3), 285–303.

Norcini, J., & Burch, V. (2007). Workplace-based assessment as an educational tool: AMEE Guide No. 31. Medical Teacher, 29(9–10), 855–871.

Pangaro, L., & Ten Cate, O. (2013). Frameworks for learner assessment in medicine: AMEE Guide No. 78. Medical Teacher, 35(6), e1197–e1210.

Pell, G., Fuller, R., Homer, M., & Roberts, T. (2010). How to measure the quality of the OSCE: A review of metrics–AMEE guide no. 49. Medical Teacher, 32(10), 802–811.

Schuwirth, L. W., & van der Vleuten, C. P. (2011). General overview of the theories used in assessment: AMEE Guide No. 57. Medical Teacher, 33(10), 783–797.

Shumway, J. M., & Harden, R. M. (2003). AMEE Guide No. 25: The assessment of learning outcomes for the competent and reflective physician. Medical Teacher, 25(6), 569–584.

Speyer, R., Pilz, W., Van Der Kruis, J., & Brunings, J. W. (2011). Reliability and validity of student peer assessment in medical education: A systematic review. Medical Teacher, 33(11), e572–e585.

West, D. C., Park, J. K., Pomeroy, J. R., & Sandoval, J. (2002). Concept mapping assessment in medical education: A comparison of two scoring systems. Medical Education, 36(9), 820–826.