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Written exams 

Written exams
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Written exams
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0051
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date: 24 August 2019

This chapter covers multiple choice questions (MCQs), extended matching questions (EMQs), short answer questions (SAQs), essays, situational judgement test (SJT exam), and the prescribing skills assessment (PSA exam). It focuses on the importance of exam technique with useful tips for the start, during, and after the exam. The chapter provides examples of different types of questions, and how to best prepare and answer them. More recent additions to the curriculum, such as the SJT and PSA, are explained in detail. The SJT is an essential requirement in the final year of clinical schools nationwide, and the score is considered in ranking Foundation Year applications. The PSA tests a final-year medical student’s ability to prescribe. The examination is online and involves MCQs and some SAQs. This chapter includes important links with further updated information, and is written for both those looking to apply for medicine, and those in medical school.

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