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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

versión On-line ISSN 2014-9840versión impresa ISSN 2014-9832


BALADRON, Jaime et al. Examination of the MIR exam: an approach to the structural validity through the classical test theory. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2016, vol.19, n.4, pp.217-226. ISSN 2014-9840.

Introduction: In Spain, to practice as a medical specialist, it is required to have the certification of the appropriate medical specialty. In order to have access to a medical specialist training programme, it is mandatory to overcome the MIR test. Passed the test, MIR training programs accessed in different hospitals and teaching units are relatively homogeneous. Aim: To approach to the structural validity of the MIR examination of the last call (2015), held on February 6, 2016, with particular emphasis on those measurable aspects of it. Subjects and methods: The database used in this study corresponds to the answers to the questions of the MIR exam of 2015 of a total of 3,712 examinees. Results: The average rate of difficulty of all questions was 0.6882, while the corrected index of difficulty was 0.5422, the discrimination of 0.2492 and 0.2954 the value of the point biserial correlation. The formula number 21 of Kuder-Richardson and the Cronbach's alpha were also applied giving as results 0.9459 and 0.9579 respectively. These values were compared with those obtained for the MIR test in the range from the calls 1989 to 1993. Conclusions: In view of the psychometric results, it can be said that the examination MIR is an objective, with an adequate level of difficulty and discrimination and also structurally valid.

Palabras clave : Educational measurements; Medical students; MIR exam; Numerical data; Psychometrics; Standards; Statistics.

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