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Using Structured-Option Test Questions to Assess Competency Attainment: Part I

Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

Abstract

Nursing is a practice profession, and nurse educators have the responsibility to ensure learner attainment of competency at all levels of nursing education. This two-part article provides basic information about designing structured-option test questions to assess and evaluate competency attainment. Part one discusses the uses, advantages, and limits of using structured-option test questions and explains how to develop a structured-option test question. Part two provides information about developing a test blueprint, administering the test, interpreting test results, and revising the test questions.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(5):207–208.

Authors

Dr. Billings is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing; e-mail: dbillin@iu.edu.

10.3928/00220124-20170418-04

Nursing is a practice profession, and nurse educators have the responsibility to ensure learner attainment of competency at all levels of nursing education. This two-part article provides basic information about designing structured-option test questions to assess and evaluate competency attainment. Part one discusses the uses, advantages, and limits of using structured-option test questions and explains how to develop a structured-option test question. Part two provides information about developing a test blueprint, administering the test, interpreting test results, and revising the test questions.

J Contin Educ Nurs. 2017;48(5):207–208.

Dr. Billings is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Address correspondence to Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Nursing; e-mail: dbillin@iu.edu.

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