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GMS Journal for Medical Education

Gesellschaft für Medizinische Ausbildung (GMA)

ISSN 2366-5017

René Krebs: Prüfen mit Multiple Choice: Kompetent planen, entwickeln, durchführen und auswerten

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GMS J Med Educ 2019;36(6):Doc66

doi: 10.3205/zma001274, urn:nbn:de:0183-zma0012744

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Received: August 14, 2019
Revised: August 14, 2019
Accepted: August 14, 2019
Published: November 15, 2019

© 2019 Schuwirth.
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René Krebs

Prüfen mit Multiple Choice: Kompetent planen, entwickeln, durchführen und auswerten

Publisher: Hogrefe

Year of publication: 2019, pages: 184, prize: 34,95 €


The book “Prüfen mit Multiple Choice” is clearly a must for anyone who is involved in assessment in the health professions, but clearly also far beyond this domain; it is a rich source of complete information for anyone who is involved in multiple-choice assessment. I have never seen a book that is so incredibly clear and accessible and at the same time so complete. But these are not the only qualities it combines: it is both practical and evidence informed. This book can both be used as a how-to guide and as an entry into the underlying evidentiary basis. I could not think of anyone involved in assessment who would NOT benefit from possessing this book.

The writing is clear; the author has refrained from using overly long sentences. This makes it easy to read. The book is subdivided into four sections: background of multiple choice testing, productions of multiple-choice questions, different types of multiple choice questions and quality assurance and improvement processes. Each section is subdivided into meaningful subsections and the pull outs of keywords in the margin allows for quick navigation.

I am glad to have received a first copy of it and I am sure I will be using it in my work and recommending it to others (see figure 1 [Fig. 1]).

Competing interests

The author declares that he has no competing interests.