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How is a test item writing activity defined?

Test item writing is an activity wherein physicians learn through their contribution to the development (and review) of examinations, or certain peer-reviewed self-assessment activities, by researching, drafting, and defending potential test items.

For example, a provider planned an activity in which 5 physicians wrote test items for an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member board certification examination question pool. Each physician completed the test item writing activity in approximately 10 hours. In PARS, the provider would report this as a test item writing activity with 5 Physician Learners and 10 Hours of Instruction.