Information materials to prepare for (Krok 1 and Krok 2) can always be downloaded from the official site of the testing center: http://testcentr.org.ua
License exam is an obligatory part of state certification for awarding the qualification of doctor or pharmacist. Students who are preparing for the specialties "Medicine", "Dentistry" and "Pharmacy" pass two separate test exams - "Krok 1" and "Krok 2". The first examination "Krok 1" consists of basic biomedical sciences, the second - " Krok 2" consists of the basic professionally oriented disciplines. License exam is passed to determine the appropriate level of professional knowledge and skills of students in higher medical (pharmaceutical) educational institutions minimum needed level of qualification according to national qualification requirements.
Licensing exams are conducted according to the Statute of the system of integrated licensing examination specialists with higher education directions “Medicine” and “Pharmacy”, approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine of 14.08.1998 № 251 registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on 09.11.1998 № 563/3003; Statute on the organization and conduct of state certification of students approved by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine of 31.01.2005 № 53, registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine 17.02.2005 № № 244/10524.
- Schedule of the Unified State Qualification Exam (USQE) for the Educators of the Qualification Level Specialist and the Degree of Higher Education Master's and Test Examinations of Licensed Integrated Exams for the Educators of the Qualification Level Specialist, Bachelor in the field of “22 Health Care" in 2021 (PDF)
Form of licensing exams
The exam is taken in the form of a written test. The total length of the test - 200 tasks that are a part of the so-called examination booklet: Collection of test tasks for license examination. It includes tests of a format consisting of situational problems, questions or statements with four or five answers marked in Latin letters (A, B, C, D, E). The correct answer for a test - is the best answer to the question (statement).
At the exam you get the exam booklet and answer sheet.
Examination booklet. Examination booklet is numbered; student writes his identification code, name and initials on the cover.
Each test task (TT) is numbered from 1 to 200. Tasks include four or five answers (A, B, C, D, E). You should choose one best answer.
Answer sheet. Answer sheet consists of two parts: the left part contains information about the exam and student`s personal information (ID, name, surname, course, date of examination and additional information). Right part is the answer sheet to the test tasks.
Please read each test task attentively. Make sure you understand exactly what you are asked. Try yourself to answer test tasks, and then find the answer among the options.
Otherwise, carefully read each answer option and throw away the ones which are completely wrong from your point of view. From the answers that are left, choose the best one.
The correct answer should be written in the blank by painting a full circle with the appropriate letter next to the number that corresponds to the number of test task.
Have a look carefully that a mark of the answer that you paint in the blank corresponds the number of test task you are answering.
Make a thick dark mark so that it was impossible to read the letter inside the circle that is painted. The correct answer for a test gives 1 point, the wrong answer gives 0 points. If you mark more than one letter, this answer is incorrect. If you change the letter, completely erase with the rubber a previous answer so that the letter appeared. Remaining marks may lead that some answers will be considered wrong.
Do not waste too much time on a single test task. You have only 1 minute to answer each test task. From time to time count how many you have done and how many are left.
After you finish the test, check if you have filled the blank completely. Answer sheets are checked by computer scanning in the Testing Center of Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine.
After the end of time, about what you will be informed by the administrators of exam, you stop working, close the examination booklet and wait until the manager will collect your test materials.
If you finish the exam earlier, you must inform the administrator of exam, hand him over your test materials and leave the exam room without disturbing other students.
After the exam, each exam booklet is checked for fullness. Lack of any part of your examination booklet automatically leads to you failing the exam.
The duration of testing for students - citizens of foreign countries is 4 hours.
Since 2015/2016 academic year, the minimum criteria for passing the integrated license examination, "Step 1" and "Step 2" is 60.5%
1. During the exam students must:
- Learn how a license exam is held;
- In time arrive for the exam and have a passport;
-Follow instructions and requirements of the representative from the Testing Center, who does the exam;
- After finishing working on the test, return answer sheet and exam booklet to the representative from the Testing Center, who does the exam;
- Not bring dangerous objects and liquids that can endanger life and health of participants of the test into the auditoriums;
- Not use in the classroom, where the test is held, any means of communication, reading devices, processing, storage and playback information gadgets;
- Not violate this order.
2. During the time given for taking the test examination students:
- don`t interfere with other students working on the test, and people responsible for doing the license exam to perform their duties;
- don`t communicate with other students or send them any items and materials; don`t tell any kind of information about the content of test tasks before finishing the exam;
- don`t use or carry any means of communication, reading devices, processing, storage and playback information gadgets, printed and handwritten materials not provided by the testing procedure.
If the requirements of p. 1, p. 2 are violated, the student loses the right to continue working on examination test at the request of a representative from the Testing Center and must hand over the answer sheet and leave the auditoriums where the test is held about what there must be made up the Act. Answer sheet of this student is not checked and he gets "0" ("failed").
Recommendations for a student on how to prepare for license exams effectively
Do not miss classes (lectures, practical lessons), regularly get ready for each practical lesson according to the methodological guidelines and instructions).
In time liquidate absences and unsatisfactory grades if there are any.
Prepare to final module control during the cycle:
- Read the list of theoretical questions and practical skills that are checked at the final module control (FMC) (you may take from your teacher electronic variants at the beginning of studying the discipline);
- Do not delay preparation for FMC on last days before control test, prepare by using questions of FMC during the studying of the discipline, discipline module;
- In time pass and retake the semester exams, tests, FMC to be admitted to the license exams.
The first step in preparing for licensing exams is the systematic study and repetition of the training material. We advise you to use textbooks / tutorials, educational and methodical literature that are recommended to you in the process of studying at a higher education institution, materials of the most authoritative world internet resources:
BMJ Best Practice (https://bestpractice.bmj.com);
DynaMed Plus (http://www.dynamed.com/home/about);
Recommendations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/);
Recommendations US Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF (https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/BrowseRec/Index/browse-recommendations) etc.
On www.testcentr.org.ua in the section "Preparing for the exam", testing center posts "zero version" (in each test task, right answer is A) of the exam booklets for the last three years. Please pay attention that from 2019 on www.testcentr.org.ua SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS will be posted, which will contain the test tasks of the exam booklets of the last two years that have appropriate psychometric indicators. Content will be updated every year. Examples of test tasks will be grouped into blocks according to medical profiles in accordance with the structure of the test content. For example, for the exam "Krok 2. General Medicine" - therapeutic, surgical, pediatric, gynecological and obstetric profiles, hygiene and social medicine. Posted test tasks examples are a reference material that in no way should be the main source for preparing for licensed exams.
Information for students about “Krok 2. General Medicine”
The Testing Center continues to include test assignments based on modern medical knowledge, treatment protocols and evidence-based medicine to the licensing tests.
Considering low level of students' knowledge of the vaccination principles based on the results of “Krok 2. General Medicine” exam in 2018, and in order to keep the students and teachers focused on this topic, the Testing Center in 2019 will include tests on vaccination to “Krok 2. General Medicine” exam.
The content of the test tasks will be based on the current regulatory normative base, in particular, the MPH order dated August 11, 2014, №551, updated the Prophylactic Vaccine Calendar (MPH order dated May 18, 2018, №947), as well as on the recommendations of the ACIP, which can be found on the official website of the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/index.html).
Taking into account the changing of emphasis in the healthcare system on preventive medicine and in order to update the issues of prevention of non-infectious diseases, the Testing Center, within the adopted structure of the content of the exam “Krok 2. General Medicine”, in the test in 2019, will pay attention also to the test tasks based on the main issues of primary and secondary (early detection) prevention of the most common non-infectious diseases: cardiovascular disease; malignant tumor (cervical cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer); diabetes; chronic respiratory diseases (сhronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma).
The structure of the test content can be found on the official website of the Testing Center www.testcentr.org.ua. More details about the content and the list of topics that are included in “Krok 2” exam can be found in the Sectoral higher education standards, which can also be found on www.testcentr.org.ua.