ERIC Number: EJ726257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
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Modeling Passing Rates on a Computer-Based Medical Licensing Examination: An Application of Survival Data Analysis
de Champlain, Andre F.; Winward, Marcia L.; Dillon, Gerard F.; de Champlain, Judy E.
Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, v23 n3 p15-22 Sep 2004
The purpose of this article was to model United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 passing rates using the Cox Proportional Hazards Model, best known for its application in analyzing clinical trial data. The number of months it took to pass the computer-based Step 2 examination was treated as the dependent variable in the model. Covariates in the model were: (a) medical school location (U.S. and Canadian or other), (b) primary language (English or other), and (c) gender. Preliminary findings indicate that examinees were nearly 2.7 times more likely to experience the event (pass Step 2) if they were U.S. or Canadian trained. Examinees with English as their primary language were 2.1 times more likely to pass Step 2, but gender had little impact. These findings are discussed more fully in light of past research and broader potential applications of survival analysis in educational measurement.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Certification, School Location, Medical Schools, Computer Assisted Testing, Gender Differences, English (Second Language), Pass Fail Grading, Medical Students, Licensing Examinations (Professions)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: United States Medical Licensing Examination