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Resources for Effective Teaching

Topic:  Writing Multiple Choice Assessments

General information:
Learn when multiple choice assessments should be used, avoid the pitfalls of poorly constructed multiple choice questions, and learn how you can prepare better multiple choice assessment items by browsing the links provided below.

Workshops Related to this Topic (check the OSET events calendar for upcoming offerings):

Constructing Meaningful and Reliable Multiple-Choice Tests

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FacNet Resources – UNM faculty who are happy to help in this area:
UNM faculty have volunteered to offer one-on-one advice about writing multiple choice assessments and will welcome you to watch them in their classrooms.  Contact OSET and we will make arrangements for you to meet.

Click here if you would like to volunteer your expertise to colleagues by joining FacNet.


Links to Useful Resources Outside UNM:
Writing Multiple-Choice Questions: This website breaks down guidelines and rules of developing multiple choice questions; University of Texas.

Writing Good Multiple Choice Exams: This 42 page PDF offers an abundance of information regarding the proper development and use of multiple choice questions; Center for Teaching and Learning in Austin, Texas.

Online Instructional Resources for Multiple Choice Tests: This website provides faculty with links to many resources to improve multiple choice assessments; Michigan State University.

A Review of Multiple-Choice Item- Writing Guidelines for Classroom Assessment: A taxonomy of 31 multiple choice item writing guidelines including research from substantive and methodological viewpoints; Thomas Haladyna, Arizona State University West; Steven Downing, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Michael Rodriguez, University of Minnesota.

Improving Multiple Choice Tests: This paper, Improving Multiple-Choice Tests" (1986) from Kansas State University., describes key components of multiple choice items, their oft-unused ability to measure higher order thinking skills, the strengths and weaknesses of multiple choice tests, and offers 34 recommendations for when to use multiple-choice items, constructing multiple-choice items, and organizing the layout of the entire test. Includes references; Klegg and Cashin.