A report this morning discusses a dyslexic medical student’s proposed legal action against the use of multiple choice tests on the grounds of discrimination.
Naomi Gadian, a student at the Peninsula Medical School in Devon, is taking action against the General Medical Council in a move which her solicitor suggests could force all providers and monitors of professional qualifications to adapt their examinations to remove MCQs. Although dyslexic candidates face challenges with most examination formats, the report cites John Stein as stating that MCQs are problematic for dyslexic candidates because of specific difficulties caused by confusing letter order.
The outcome of this case will be very interesting, though it seems likely that MCQs won’t be going anywhere for a while yet.
Update: The BBC has posted a useful exploration of some of the issues around dyslexia and MCQs – well worth a look.