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How Can I Make My Multiple Choice Tests More Effective?


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Multiple choice tests don’t get much respect.

Maybe it’s because they’re associated with memorization, old-fashioned standardized tests, and other situations in which the answer is likely to be “C.”

Yet multiple choice tests can be a vital addition to your testing tool box. Used properly, they can help you create tests that:

  • Are more fair to students
  • Give you and your students useful feedback on teaching and learning
  • Test thinking skills more efficiently than do some essay tests

Learning Goals

The program presenter demonstrates how multiple-choice tests can be used effectively to measure the different types of learning that higher education requires, from memorized knowledge to conceptual understanding to thinking skills.

Testing is more than a responsibility for faculty members. It’s an opportunity to assess the progress you and your students have made toward your learning objectives.

After viewing in this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • Construct a test blueprint
  • Formulate test questions that go beyond memorization to evaluate thinking skills

Today’s multiple choice tests aren’t about playing the odds—instead, they can help you make the most of your chances to connect with students.