Table 4.

Means of scores on short-answer and multiple-choice examinations for the same questions and different questions used in the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology course, by year

Examination FormatClassNumber of StudentsSame Questions Mean ±SEDifferent Questions Mean ±SE
*Eighty-six of the 100 clinical cases used in the short-answer examinations were the same for the 2004–05 and 2005–06 classes.
†Number of questions.
‡Retrospectively corrected for guessing.
Short-answer*n=113†n=87†
2004–058882.7 ±0.9882.6 ±0.97
2005–068385.4 ±0.8084.4 ±0.74
P=0.0389P=0.1472
Multiple-choicen=115†n=85†
2004–058883.8 ±0.93‡77.8 ±0.92‡
2005–068384.8 ±0.7880.5 ±0.91
P=0.4108P=0.0359