Composing Multiple Choice Questions

By Rod Lucero

  • Avoid similarity of wording in the possible options
  • Avoid stating the correct answer in "textbook" language
  • Avoid stating the correct answer in greater detail
  • Avoid including absolute terms in the distracters (such as all, or never)
  • Avoid including two responses that have the same meaning
  • Make sure each item is independent of the other items on the test
  • Use consistent grammar (tense, etc.)

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Thanks to Dr. Rodrick Lucero, Assoc. Prof. in the School of Education, the Associate Director for the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP), and Master Teacher Initiative (MTI) Coordinator for the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University for this Teaching Tip.


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