Changes in Participant Performance in the “Test-Taking” Environment: Observations from the 2006 College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing Program (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Report)

Changes in Participant Performance in the "Test-Taking" Environment: Observations from the 2006 College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing Program (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Report)

Changes in Participant Performance in the "Test-Taking" Environment: Observations from the 2006 College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing Program (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Report)

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Gynecologic Cytology (PAP) has existed for 18 years as an educational and laboratory accreditation activity for pathologists and cytotechnologists. (1-3) When the CAP Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing Program (PAP PT) received approval in 2006 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the best-performing, statistically field-validated slides from the PAP Program were used to assemble the 10-slide proficiency test (PT) slide sets. (4) The slides used for both programs have therefore undergone the same rigorous statistical validation process that has long been used by the CAP to select slides for the graded PAP Program. Thus, the data from these 2 programs can be compared with each other to determine the impact, if any, that the test-taking environment has on slide and participant performance.

Changes in Participant Performance in the "Test-Taking" Environment: Observations from the 2006 College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Proficiency Testing Program (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs) (Report)

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