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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-11

Standard setting in objective structured clinical examination: Assigning a pass/fail cut score

1 Department of Training and Supervision, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Medical Intern, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Oncology, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah Alnemari
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2468-6360.198803

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Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has been considered a standard assessment method since its introduction; and as with every assessment tool, OSCE has its advantages and disadvantages. To have OSCE as a reliable method to evaluate examinees, its standards must be set according to certain criteria. Standard setting is one of the methods developed to set the expected pass or fail cut score in an OSCE station. This review article is based on multiple studies that have been proposed to evaluate the reliability and validity of OSCE. There is no single method that is considered best for all testing situations. The choice of a method will depend on what kind of judgements you can get and how much the experience they have in the standing method. All methods of standard setting mentioned are required for judgement. All the standard methods were considered subjective methods. Yet once a standard method has been set, the decisions based on that method can be made objectively. Instead of a separate set of judgements for each applicant, we would get the same set of judgements applied to all applicants. Standards cannot be objectively determined, but they can be objectively applied.

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