ANALYSIS OF HISTORY OF GRANTING CREDITS AND HANDLING TEST EXAMS ON THE ASK SYSTEMS E-EXAM PLATFORM AT WARSAW MEDICAL UNIVERSITY - A PRELIMINARY REPORT

J. Gotlib1, M. Panczyk1, A. Zarzeka1, F. Dąbrowski2, P. Gębski3, G. Dykowska4, M. Malczyk5, J. Belowska1, L. Iwanow6

1Division of Teaching and Outcomes of Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Warsaw (POLAND)
21st Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, First Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw (POLAND)
3Examination Centre of the Faculty of Medicine, Medical University of Lodz (POLAND)
4Division of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Warsaw (POLAND)
5University Examinations Office, Medical University of Warsaw (POLAND)
6Faculty of Health Sciences, Medical University of Warsaw (POLAND)
Background:
Until now, test exams at Warsaw Medical University were mostly carried out in the paper-and-pen test form. Beginning in the academic year 2014-2015, it is possible to get a credit and pass a test exam on the ASK Systems e-exam platform.

Aim of study:
The study aimed to analyse in detail the history of granting credits and handling e-exams that were for the first time carried out in the winter 2014-2015 session at Warsaw Medical University.

Material and Methods:
An analysis of granting credit for the "Medical Law" course for the first-year full-time Master's students of Nursing (152 students taking the exam) and exams for the following courses: "Gynaecology and Obstetrics” for the third-year full-time Bachelor's students of Emergency Medicine (141 students taking the exam) and "Health Insurance" for the second-year part-time Master's students of Public Health (30 students taking the exam). An analysis concerned the following: exam results (average of points, descriptive statistics), the course of getting credits and passing exams (time, round of exam), objections to questions (qualitative analysis).

Results:
Due to the fact that the ASK System gives a lot of flexibility with reference to the combination of exam parameters, credits granted and test exams handled in the winter 2014-2015 session differed in terms of the following: duration (20, 60, and 30 minutes), number of rounds of exam (12, 6, and 1, respectively), number of questions included in the exam base (200, 60, and 26, respectively), process of selection of questions for the exam test (randomly, total exchange of questions). During the exams students did not report any technical problems regarding the use of the ASK Systems platform and used the opportunity to report objections to test questions while getting credits or taking exams in the electronic form (38 objections in total).

Conclusions:
1. Although the ASK Systems e-exam platform gives a lot of flexibility with reference to the combination of exam parameters, due to a small number of computer stations, the exams should take place in a continuous session and their parameters should be similar.
2. The examination module of the ASK Systems e-exam platform has been prepared in a transparent manner so that students do not require any special training.
3. An improvement of the quality of exam tools is the key issue relating to organising exams and granting credits with the use of an e-exam platform.

Therefore, an e-exam will be handled properly only if the base of test questions is prepared earlier and it includes a proper number of questions of appropriate easiness and differentiation power. An opportunity to improve the quality of exam tools (by using different types of tasks, which is possible due to the electronic form of the exam) is also worth considering.