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28 11, 2017

Putting Assessment to the Test: 3 Characteristics of Good Multiple Choice Items

By | 2017-12-07T21:29:01+00:00 November 28th, 2017|assessment|0 Comments

It’s the question at the forefront of every assessment writer’s mind: “How can I really find out what students know?” All types of assessments have limitations, and multiple choice items are certainly no exception. However, if written well, this type of assessment can give you a good (and quick) sense of student knowledge. If written well, multiple choice items can assess many levels of thinking. While there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to creating great multiple-choice assessment items, there are a few characteristics of good questions that test writers working in almost every type of educational content should know. Here are three of them. They assess higher-level thinking. Although multiple choice items are certainly appropriate to test concepts in lower taxonomic levels, they’re not limited to asking students to do tasks like simply choosing the right vocabulary word or solving a problem. While it will definitely take some work to construct a scenario that has the information a student needs to answer a Level 3 or Level 4 item, the investment is worth the insight you [...]