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Extended-Matching Items

Extended matching items   What are the extended matching questions and how many can you expect in the MRCPsych Exam? An extended-matching items/question  ( EMI  or  EMQ ) is a written examination format similar to multiple-choice questions but with one key difference, that they test knowledge in a far more applied, in-depth, sense. We often use it in medical education and other healthcare subject areas to test diagnostic reasoning. Structure The structure has three key elements: Answer option list Sources suggest using a minimum of eight answer options for a  ratio  of five  scenarios  or  vignettes  to ensure that the probability of getting the correct answer by chance remains reasonably low. [1]  The logical number of realistic options should dictate the exact number of answer options. The logical number of realistic options should dictate the exact number of answer options. This ensures that the test item has authenticity and  validity . Lead-in question: This should be as specific