European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care

On-Line Assessment (OLA)

The On-Line Assessment (OLA) is a computer-based online test very similar to the In-Training Assessment (ITA) and the EDAIC Part I Examination.

All questions of the OLA have been created to match precisely the domains set by the UEMS in their syllabus for the Anaesthetic and Intensive Care training, meaning that the OLA is the ideal tool to assess the anaesthetic and intensive care training as defined by the UEMS. The OLA is held in April on a yearly basis, and is therefore a perfect test for all candidates wishing to assess their knowledge after each year of training and those planning to take the EDAIC Part I examination in autumn.

A total of 1335 anaesthetists registered for OLA. Candidates sat simultaneously  in 95 centres throughout the world on Friday 8 April 2016 at 14:00 CET in 10 different languages including Chinese. OLA was offered in 79 European and 16 non-European centres. For the first time centres were opened in Brazil, Oman and China making OLA a truly global examination assessing the knowledge of anaesthesiologists across the world.

In 2015, 588 candidates took the assessment in 58 centres and in 2014 there were 303 candidates and 39 centres.

Marking and Feedback

The On-Line Assessment has the same structure and marking system as the EDAIC Part I Examination and ITA. It uses 2 sets of 60 Multiple Choice Questions, with 5 true / false answers to give for each question. The first section corresponds to Paper A, Basic Science, and the second to Paper B, Clinical Anaesthesiology. This means that each set of questions has a maximum score of 300 marks: 1 mark for a correct answer, 0 mark for a blank or wrong answer.

Once candidates have completed the assessment, they are given their overall scores on the 2 sections and 20 minutes to go through the questions to see where they answered incorrectly. A more detailed report of their performance by section (A and B) and by domain is then prepared through the ESA office. This report also comprises the national and global averages of OLA candidates at the same stage of training, in addition to the average scores of OLA candidates overall. For the sake of additional comparison, previous pass marks of the EDAIC Part I Papers will also be communicated.

Registration and Preparation

Candidate registrations for the OLA open at the end of the year for the session taking place the following year. Candidates registering for the OLA must read the registration procedure described on our website and agree to the OLA regulations. The list of OLA centres hosting the assessment in 2017 is available here. For information related to the registration fee, please see here.

As the OLA is similar to the EDAIC Part I Examination in terms of contents and preparation, OLA candidates should read the following documents related to the EDAIC Part I: Diploma Guide, How to prepare for the EDAIC, sample of EDAIC Part I questions and Recommended Reading List. Some of these documents are available in different languages on the main Examinations webpage and the EDAIC Part I webpage.

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