M1/M2 Computer Based Testing

Computer-based examinations will be administered in a single session located in the two newly renovated active learning rooms located in the College of Medicine West Tower, Rooms 429 and 527 CMWT.  College of Medicine laptop computers, used for all in-house examinations will utilize Benware, an inter-campus developed software package containing an on-screen calculator, options for highlighting, etc.  Some National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) examinations are also administered using NBME software on UIC computers.

 

CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

Report Times: M1 and M2 exams are typically scheduled to report at 9:15AM unless otherwise noted in the M1/M2 Block Schedules. 

Location:  Students will be assigned alphabetically to either 429 CMWT or 527 CMWT, and will remain assigned to those rooms for all examinations during the academic year.  Students should report to either the 4th or 5th Floor common area adjacent to the particular learning center room to which they are assigned for check-in. 

Click here for M1 Exam Dates, Locations and Report Times
Click here for
M2 Exam Dates, Locations and Report Times


At check-in, each student will:

1) Secure personal belongings and all electronic devices in the lockers immediately outside your assigned testing room.

2) Present I-Card photo ID or other valid photo ID (e.g., valid driver’s license, passport, etc.) to the check-in personnel.  (Students without valid photo ID should report to OSA Office for verification of identity and “Letter of Admittance”.)

3) Go to the designated seat within the room and report to one of the 4 assigned area proctors. 


**Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed!**


ELECTRONIC DEVICES THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED IN COMPUTER-BASED TESTING ROOMS INCLUDE:

1. “smart” watches with memory, programmability, or other advanced features,

2.  all other electronic equipment with memory capabilities including iPhones, iPads or other similar devices,

3. devices that can record and/or include a camera.

4. ear phones.

STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO BRING SIMPLE FOAM EAR PLUGS .

During the exam: Students will follow standard testing protocol which will be read prior to the beginning of the exam. 

Time Limits:  VariableExam times are based on the number of exam items multiplied by 1.25 minutes plus 1 additional minute for the review page.  Note that Benware provides a timer visible on the screen.  Students are allowed bathroom access during the exam.  It should be noted that the exam timer continues during these breaks.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS DURING A TESTING SESSION, RAISE YOUR HAND AND SUMMON A PROCTOR. HE/SHE WILL INITIATE CORRECTIVE ACTION AND, IF NECESSARY, SUMMON AN IR PROFESSIONAL. THE PROCTOR WILL ALSO RECORD THE TIME AND DURATION OF THE INTERRUPTION SO THAT ADJUSTMENTS CAN BE MADE IF THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF TIME.

In addition, after the student has completed the exam, he/she will have from 15 minutes to review the items on the test and make comments on either the test or any of its items using a Benware "comment" facility. 

The primary purpose of the post-exam item review is to learn from the exam. Students should prioritize this time by focusing on improving his/her knowledge of the content, and by trying to understand why a right answer is right or a wrong answer is wrong. The secondary purpose of the post-exam item review is to give students an opportunity to provide feedback to course directors and the Office of Assessment and Evaluation. Student feedback about specific items should be brief and targeted with one or two clear and specific statements. Be professional in your comments as the name of the author will be available to the faculty.

It should be noted that students will be able to discern the number of correct answers they have on the exam.  However, this number may be subject to change due to “dropped items”, etc. that may occur during the mandatory, Course Director post-exam review session.

Exit: Upon completion of the exam and making any desired comments, students will:

1) Notify their area proctor.
2) Exit the exam room and remain quiet in the adjacent halls being mindful of remaining students who are continuing work on the exam.
3) Collect personal belongings from the lockers immediately outside your assigned testing room. 

Click here for Policy on Sitting for Examinations (Chicago Campus College of Medicine Policy). 
Click here for the Unanticipated Interruption of Testing Policy (College of Medicine Policy).
Click on the following links for the
Statement on Professional Behavior, and the Academic Integrity Policy.

Revised 6/16/16