Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: 138 Corbett Family Hall
Presenter(s): Dan Hubert, Associate Program Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment of the Kaneb Center


Multiple choice tests are easy to administer, but good questions are hard to write. This workshop provides strategies, resources, and practice for designing questions that are fair, unambiguous, and appropriate.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe advantages/disadvantages of using MCQs
  • Identify components of an MCQ
  • Contrast properties of good vs poor M/C test items
  • Recognize clues used by test-wise students
  • Draft both lower and higher order MCQs relevant to your discipline
What to Bring:
  • Bring your ideas on possible test questions
  • To be uploaded post workshop
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