Writing Effective Multiple Choice Questions


Multiple choice tests are to easy to administer, but good and effective questions can be a challenge to develop. 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
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