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Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance 
Medical School Council Assessment Alliance 

The Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance (MSCAA) is a partnership to improve undergraduate assessment practice through collaboration between all 33 undergraduate medical schools in the UK. The MSCAA is an expansion of UMAP, which began in January 2003 supported by HEFCE’s Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning. The MSCAA launched in August 2010 following a request from the GMC for evidence that the standard required to pass written examinations at 'finals' level is comparable across all UK medical schools.

The MSCAA enables more individuals to be involved in item-writing and quality assurance, resulting in improved individual and institutional skills and knowledge regarding the development of high-quality assessments in medicine. Partner schools are given access to a question bank of high-quality items with good validity and reliability in a variety of formats. The questions are developed in collaboration and undergo extensive quality assurance.

All UK medical schools have agreed to include a proportion of finals examination questions from the shared question bank, which enable psychometrically valid comparisons.

Other work
In addition to collaboration for medical school final examination assessments, the Medical Schools Council is also involved in two other assessment initiatives: the development of a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) for selection to the Foundation Programme, and the development of a Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) for final year undergraduate medical students in conjunction with the British Pharmacological Society.

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