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Date Updated: December 11, 2018

Resources for Health Profession Services

Practice Analysis

The NBME conducts practice (job) analyses for the purpose of establishing or refining examination content specifications.  Practice analyses typically include:

  • Statistical guidance on sampling techniques
  • Facilitation of discussion groups of content experts
  • Assistance with design of the survey instrument and related forms
  • Advice on optimizing response rates
  • Efficient data collection and analysis
  • Empirical verification of specialties and subspecialties
  • Preparation of technical reports of study results
  • Assistance in interpreting study results to develop or refine test blueprints


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