1 Department of community medicine, college of Medicine, Kirkuk University

2 Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kirkuk University.

3 Department of Statistics, College of Administration and Economics, Kirkuk University


Background: The student's assessment can be achieved by written examination which was considered an essential method. Aim of the study: The aim and objectives of the study is to measure the time spent by the students to finish their written final examination, to compare it with the proposed time, to find any difference according to sex and their examination scores, and to find any correlation between the time spent in examination and scores obtained by students. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out during May- June; 2011 in the college of medicine, Kirkuk University. Data obtained during the final written examination; and scores were obtained from the examination committee with permission of the Dean of the college. Results: Female students spent more time during examination than male students in all subjects (except in parasitology, surgery and psychiatry in the 3th, 4th and 5th grade respectively). There was a very weak correlation between the scores obtained by students and time spent by them during examination. Conclusion: There were differences between sex, time and scores obtained by the students.