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Request for Proposal for an Item Bank

Aug. 5, 2020 Media Contact: Alyson Maloney , 215-568-4000

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to provide board certification to individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge in the field of surgery. This is done through the administration of a series of exams currently given in testing centers, hotels, and, most recently, remotely through video conferencing software. Additionally, ABS has a series of lower-stakes assessments delivered online, some with access to educational resources.

ABS currently authors, edits, and revises multiple-choice exam questions and oral exam cases using Word, Dropbox, Google Drive, email, and, for some exams, an existing item bank that does not meet all of our current needs.

Therefore, ABS is soliciting proposals from qualified vendors for the purpose of procuring and implementing an item bank for use in exam development and deployment, with the goal to create a secure, cloud-based, CMS consisting of an item bank database that possesses the functionality to interface with customer resource management (CRM) and digital asset management (DAM) systems. Item bank deliverables/outputs will support QTI/XML formats to allow for upload to a third-party exam delivery system.

Full details about this RFP, including scope of services, timelines, structure or proposals and evaluation metrics, are available at the following link:

Proposal Submissions

Final submissions will be accepted by email only. All proposals must be submitted as an attachment in PDF format. Full RFP details and contact information to submit a proposal can be found in this PDF.


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