We examine how the measurement precision of multiple-choice exams at the cut-score can be more precisely determined by using so-called conditional reliability. Moreover, we focus on MTF questions, a type of multiple choice question in which several answers can be correct. Due to the multiple response, various scoring algorithms are possible. We examine what influence the scoring algorithm has, among other factors, on the measurement precision of the exam.


The aim of the PhD Thesis is to systematically examine the measurement precision in written exams in order to further develop the procedure of determining measurement precision at the cut-score and to improve the measurement precision through the use of suitable scoring algorithms.



Felicitas-Maria Lahner (PhD student)
Prof. Dr. Dr. med et MME Sören Huwendiek (thesis supervisor) and other employees of the IML


Project information

Running time: 09/2014 – 03/2018

The thesis has been successfully defended in March. 


Dr. phil. Felicitas-Maria Lahner Scientific collaborator

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