Composing Matching Questions

By Rod Lucero

Include only homogenous material in each matching item. This is necessary if all responses are to serve as plausible alternatives.

Keep the list of items short and place the brief responses on the right. A short list of items (less than 10) will save reading time, make it easier for the student to locates the answer, and increase the likelihood that the response will be homogeneous and plausible. Placing the brief responses on the right also saves reading.

Use a larger, or smaller, number of responses than premises, and permit the responses to be used more than once. Both an uneven match and the possibility of using each response more than once reduce the guessing factor. As noted earlier, proper use of "Matching requires that all responses be plausible alternatives for each premise. This, of course, dictates that each response is eligible for use more than once.

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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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