EBMA organises in collaboration with University of Exeter Medical School a conference around Progress Testing.

An international conference with a line-up of leading expert speakers in the field of medical assessment.

Progress Testing (PT) is a powerful assessment tool to evaluate the continuing growth of student knowledge during the length of a course.

It provides frequent and regular observations that permit rapid remediation interventions. It delivers regular feedback to students on their performance and how to direct their learning. After a lengthy and often expensive course, this testing methodology prevents any surprises about performance during their final exams. It helps to consolidate learning in curriculum areas and offers valuable feedback to faculty on their teaching.

Keynote speakers
Professor Cees van der Vleuten, Professor of Education, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Professor Adrian Freeman, Professor of Medical Education, University of Exeter Medical School, UK
Assistant Professor Carlos Collares, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Topics will include:

  • Understanding progress testing
  • The psychometrics of progress testing
  • Different contexts for progress testing
  • An assessment tool for the future?


Open to all. Those experienced with PT can come and present academic findings; and those new to PT can learn more about it and present their academic questions.

Abstract submission – deadline 20 March, 2018

We invite you to submit an abstract for a short oral presentation.
We are keen to learn about how you have instigated progress testing, perhaps you want to explain why you are thinking about progress testing, standard setting , question banks, feedback, progress decisions, psychometrics, educational research, etc, etc. There is so much we can learn from each other so please consider a submission.


  • Standard delegate rate – £220
  • Early bird discount – £176

Book your ticket here! with 20% early bird discount

CPD points applied for through the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical