Student with pencil taking paper testTopic Overview

Multiple choice questions are one of the most common forms of assessments as they can be scored quickly and provide quick feedback to students on a broad range of content. One drawback of multiple choice items is that it can take time to construct good questions, especially for higher order thinking.

Strategies

Emphasize Higher Level Thinking

Use memory application questions rather than simple memory recall questions. For example, place a particular concept in a real-life situation or context.

Keep Option Lengths Similar  

Ensure each answer options are of a similar length so as to avoid making the correct answer the long or short answer.

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research