ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Item analyses of Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery Board 2015 written exam
Hatice Şahin1, Yüksel Atay2, Tahir Yağdı2, Serap Aykut Aka3
1Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıp Eğitimi Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
2Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Kalp Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye
3Dr. Siyami Ersek Göğüs Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kalp Damar Cerrahisi Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.11886
Background: This study aims to analyze the items of the recent board written exam conducted by the Turkish Society of Cardiovascular Surgery and develop recommendations on key issues to prepare a superior exam set for future exams.

Methods: In the study, items of the recent board exam, which was held in Eskişehir on April 12, 2015, were analyzed in terms of difficulty, discrimination, and validity.

Results: It was detected that correct answer items were distributed equally in the exam set, the average rate of questions answered correctly was 63.79%, 59% of the questions were answered correctly above average, and range of exam scores was wide. Rate of questions with desired difficulty index level was 51% and rate of questions with desired discrimination index level was 76%. Of the questions, 9% was invalid while 66% had a high level of validity.

Conclusion: Board written exam seems to be a valid test since exam questions cover all topics in the field of expertise, and the number of questions and rate of valid questions are high. The proportion of those successful in the exam was high and candidates were entitled to take the next step. It is assumed that candidates will be successful in the next phase.

Keywords : Cardiovascular surgery; board exam; item analysis
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