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Teaching Skills

Problem Based Learning

Writing Test Questions
Question or Item Templates

The overall structure of an item can be depicted by an item template. You can typically generate many items using the same template. For example, the following template could be used to generate a series of questions related to gross anatomy:

A (patient description) is unable to (functional disability). Which of the following is most likely to have been injured?

This is a question that could be written using this template:

A 65-year-old man has difficulty rising from a seated position and straightening his trunk, but he has no difficulty flexing his leg. Which of the following muscles is most likely to have been injured?

*A. Gluteus maximus

B. Gluteus minimus

C. Hamstrings

D. Iliopsoas

E. Obturator internus

Many basic science questions can be presented within the context of a patient vignette. The patient vignettes may include some or all of the following components:

Additional templates: