Aquifer is developing new formative assessments for test-enhanced learning. As the non-profit leader in clinical learning, Aquifer is pleased to create high-quality assessments for learning to accompany clinical rotations for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Radiology. 

Aquifer’s new assessments combine the concepts of test-enhanced learning and distributed practice to help build more efficient, effective learners.

The new assessments are:

  • Single-best answer multiple-choice exams with a certainty rating for each question.
  • Shorter, more frequent assessments that can be given twice during a clerkship or course.
  • 25-45 questions long and take approximately 1 hour to complete.
  • Easy to administer (no proctoring required). Assigned students complete the exam on their own, or as directed by their program.
  • Comprehensive and mapped to learning objectives and teaching points in Aquifer cases, which cover the national curriculum for STFM, AUR, COMSEP, and CDIM.
  • Developed, written, and peer-reviewed by teams of trained medical educators.
  • Included with your 2020-21 course subscription.

For Students

Calibration & Self-Directed Learning

Performance reports will allow students to:

  • Calibrate knowledge & confidence by providing performance details on accuracy and certainty linked to learning objectives and teaching points.
  • Inform efficient study planning by delivering granular feedback early and throughout a clerkship or course.
  • Provide self-directed learning opportunities with links directly to Aquifer cases that cover the content linked to each question.

For Faculty & Administrators

Identify At-Risk Students & Curricular Gaps

Performance reports will:

  • Bring to light gaps in curriculum by showing student performance on questions linked to learning objectives and teaching points.
  • Summarize the overall performance of individual students to identify at-risk students.
  • Support structured remediation and self-directed learning by providing direct links to Aquifer cases and suggestions for supporting student learning.

Learn More

We’re excited to share a detailed update and ask for your feedback as we hone the development of these new assessment tools.

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Existing Exam Update: Available Through July 2021

Our summative 100-question multiple-choice exams for Aquifer Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Radiology will continue to be available in their current format until June 2021. Aquifer will no longer offer a summative exam option beyond June 2021.

The Aquifer Internal Medicine Clinical Decision-Making Exam, formerly the Key Features Exam, will not be impacted and will continue to be available at no cost for subscribers of Aquifer Internal Medicine. In addition, formative assessment tools to accompany our Internal Medicine course are in development.


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