The In-Training Assessment (ITA) is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) test which uses the same questions as the Part I examination of the European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC).

The test comprises two MCQ papers, of sixty questions each. Paper A is confined to the basic sciences when Paper B includes clinical anaesthesia, internal medicine, and intensive care questions.

The ITA is held on the same date as the Part I Diploma Examination and can be taken in the same languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, Hungarian,  Portuguese, Turkish or Romanian. English language is always provided on top of the selected language so that candidates can refer to the original version if they so wish.

Trainees may sit the ITA at any stage in their training, either in selected training departments accredited by the ESAIC Examinations Committee or in the European Diploma Part I Examination Centres. Registered specialists wishing to assess their knowledge can also sit the ITA.

Marking and Feedback

The ITA provides trainees and their Directors of Training (in case of a group registration) with a Candidate Report Form showing a detailed breakdown of the candidate’s performance as well as a symbolic pass/fail result for each question booklet that indicates the pass/fail threshold for the EDAIC Part I of the same year. Besides, individuals who sit the ITA receive comparison with their peers both nationally and throughout Europe. Registered specialists will receive their Report Form under separate cover. The average marks shown on the Report Form will be for trainees with comparable duration of training. Trainees are dispatched into groups by length of experience in anaesthesia as follows: 0-2 years / 2-4 years / over 4 years.

Directors of Training are invited to read these guidelines to have more details.