Advanced Item Type Questions
Some ARDMS examinations such as the SPI , MSK and PVI (December 17, 2012) feature new types of questions called Advanced Item Types (AIT). AIT questions assess a candidate in formats that closely relate to actual practice and, therefore, better measure practical sonography skills. The AITs allow the examinee to move closer to a hands-on testing environment. The AITs are being delivered on a new exam platform through Pearson Vue. Click here to view the old and new screen shots of the look and feel of the SPI examination.
There are currently two types of AIT questions - Semi Interactive Console and Hotspots. Below, please find details about these new types of questions.
Semi-Interactive Console Questions on the Sonography Principles and Instrumentation (SPI) Examination
In late summer 2012, the SPI examination will introduce select items (questions) featuring a new patented semi-interactive ultrasound machine console. The new items will display a partially completed ultrasound image and a question that indicates a problem with the image. Examinees will use a mouse to select the control on the simulated console that will correct the problem. These new types of questions will measure the examinees knowledge, skills and abilities in a format that closely relates to clinical practice. The SPI examination containing the new SIC items is comprised of 110 items (questions).
Hotspot Questions on the Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Physician's Vascular Interpretation Examinations
The MSK and PVI (beginning December 17, 2012) examinations feature a combination of multiple choice questions, which may contain images and videos and hotspot questions. Hotspot item (question) types display an image and question and require the examinee to indicate the correct answer by using the cursor to mark directly on the image. Hotspot questions require a higher level of thinking and processing than when answering a conventional multiple choice question.