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5.7 Item Writing and Item Review

Policy:

To ensure the integrity and standards of the exam, the ABO partners with Authentic Testing to conduct item writing and item review workshops. Items developed at these workshops are added to the ABO item bank, currently contracted with Assessment Systems.

Procedure:

  1. The ABO and Authentic Testing hold item writing and item review sessions on an annual basis. The Item Writing and Item Review Committees invite Diplomates, as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), to participate in the workshops.
  2. Members of the Form Review team then review and update the drafted content to finalize items for each exam.
  3. ABO is responsible for ensuring that each item is in its proper format and for entering each new item into the bank.