EBMA provides assessment products for medical schools, students and early residents:

1. The International Progress Test

Progress testing is a longitudinal assessment strategy that promotes deep, meaningful learning. It is aligned to the EBMA philosophy of ‘promoting best practices in assessment for learning in medical education’. Under the umbrella of EBMA, the International Progress Testing Programme, conceived and implemented by several progress testing specialists worldwide, will be able to incorporate better testing materials and more robust benchmarking. The blueprint of EBMA IPT is compatible with the blueprint of EBMA EKT so that the EBMA IPT can be also seen as a preparation for that exam. EBMA offers the possibility to customize the implementation of EBMA IPT according to your local conditions, purposes and needs.

2. The European Knowledge Test

The EKT covers all relevant aspects of basic and clinical sciences as well as behavioural sciences and statistics. The EKT is currently available in English and consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, each with one best answer accepted as correct.

The difficulty of the test and cut scoring are tailored to the knowledge level European students should have at the time just prior to receiving their Doctor of Medicine (or equivalent) degree.

Feedback reporting to students

Students receive detailed feedback through a rich online interactive graphical report or individual letters. The total score is reported and the standard against the background distribution of their institution and of all institutions combined. Furthermore, detailed scores and the standard per cluster, category, discipline and task are visible against the background distribution of all institutions combined. Percentage score, standardized score and error are provided numerically next to the graphs. See here an example of online feedback reporting to students.

Feedback reporting to schools

Deans and other stakeholders receive detailed reports of the students’ performance benchmarked against a European reference group.


Applying the EKT can benefit your students and your school in several ways:

  • a rich source of feedback for students and schools via an online interactive graphical report;
  • students can present their score report letters as an evidence of performance for prospective employers;
  • benchmarking your institution against European performance levels can be a tool for quality assurance, helping on the identification of priorities for curricular governance and faculty development.

3. Video Assessment of patient related competences

In addition to cognitive testing, EBMA offers assessment of patient related skills, such as communication with patients, medical performance, professionalism and clinical reasoning and reflection. These competences are fundamental to good clinical practice and will provide insights to our awareness of differences both in medical education and training, and health care delivery across Europe. The target group for this assessment can be described as: ‘medical graduates that have just started clinical activities in the workplace or undergraduates in the later years of medical studies who will benefit from feedback on their clinical performance’.

An online video system is available within the existing EPASS system for submitting the consultations by the candidate, allowing assessors to review, score, provide feedback and make a decision about the candidate’s performance. See below a screenshot where a video has been uploaded to the system. Feedback can be directly added by the assessors by means of an annotation.


Screenshot of the video tool within the EPASS system 

4. ITEM bank

The Items to be exchanged among Members bank offers medical schools the opportunity to share assessment items with other members. All items are high quality scenario-based MCQs and consist of all the medical disciplines relevant for undergraduate medical education. Currently, this item bank consists of 1500 items and has a great potential to grow because there is a need to circulate items between medical schools under secure conditions. A special software platform, TestLife, supports this bank and will be launched soon. The conditions for using this item bank will be published on our website by mid-2017.