Korean J Med Educ.  2015 Sep;27(3):167-175. 10.3946/kjme.2015.27.3.167.

Perceptions on item disclosure for the Korean medical licensing examination

  • 1Department of Medical Education, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. nara@yuhs.ac


This study analyzed the perceptions of medical students and faculty regarding disclosure of test items on the Korean medical licensing examination.
I conducted a survey of medical students from medical colleges and professional medical schools nationwide. Responses were analyzed from 718 participants as well as 69 faculty members who participated in creating the medical licensing examination item sets. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and the chi-square test.
It is important to maintain test quality and to keep the test items unavailable to the public. There are also concerns among students that disclosure of test items would prompt increasing difficulty of test items (48.3%). Further, few students found it desirable to disclose test items regardless of any considerations (28.5%). The professors, who had experience in designing the test items, also expressed their opposition to test item disclosure (60.9%).
It is desirable not to disclose the test items of the Korean medical licensing examination to the public on the condition that students are provided with a sufficient amount of information regarding the examination. This is so that the exam can appropriately identify candidates with the required qualifications.


Item disclosure; Medical licensing examination; Perception
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