The system of Test-Based Exams is a complex of measures aimed at standardized diagnostics of a professional competence level. This system is a constituent part of state certification for the students majoring in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and doctors (dispensing chemists) that undergo their primary specialization training (internship). It is implemented in higher education establishments regardless of their subordination.
The objective of the Exam is to determine, whether the graduating student’s (intern’s) professional competence level meets the mandatory minimum level according to the State Standards of Higher Education. Professional competence is assessed as the ability to apply the knowledge and understanding of fundamental biomedical sciences and basic medical subjects that are the most important for providing medical aid to a patient under the guidance of a more experienced doctor. The main attention is focused on health support, disease prevention, and organization of medical care.
USQE is the Unified State Qualification Exam for the students enrolled in the Master’s academic program and majoring in “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge.
Components of the USQE, Stage 1
All the third year students majoring in Medicine, Pediatrics, Dentistry, and Pharmacy are taking the first stage of the USQE that consists of the following components:
- “Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam. The goal of the “Krok 1” Integrated Test-Based Exam is to assess the students’ ability to apply their knowledge, as well as their understanding of the key concepts of fundamental biomedical sciences, with the focus on the underlying principles and mechanisms of health, disease, and treatment models. The number of test items is 150. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. The minimum passing score for the “Krok 1” Test-Based Exam - 64%.
- English Language Proficiency Test. The exam goal is to assess the level of students' understanding of English for professional purposes, particularly the relevant terminology of fundamental professional disciplines mastered in the course of their training, as well as English grammar. The number of test tasks is 50. The duration of the exam is 1 hour 40 minutes. The minimum passing score for the The Foreign Language Proficiency Test - 40%.
Components of the USQE, Stage 2
It is graduation examination and is held during the last year of study. The exam includes profession-specific subjects covered in the curriculum for qualification of a Specialist.
- “Krok 2” Integrated Test-Based Exam. The purpose of the exam is to assess the level of professional competence in professionally oriented (clinical) disciplines. The number of test items is 150. The duration of the exam is 3 hours. Currently, the minimum passing score is 64% of correct answers. All the students, who failed their “Krok 2” Test-Based Exam, can take part in their state graduation exams. These students do not obtain their Licensing Exam Certificates, their state certification is considered to be failed, and they receive no Higher Education Diplomas.
An educational module with sample test tasks that is officially supported by Testing Board
The Unified State Qualification Exam (USQE) Schedule for the Master’s students and the Test-Based Licensing Integrated Exam Schedule for the Bachelor’s or Junior Specialist’s students and interns (doctors/pharmacists/dispensing chemists), majoring in the “22 Healthcare” branch of knowledge
Official website of the Testing Board
Links to the site of the rector's control of the preparation for "KROK"