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10/20/2011
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
MSU Union, Gold Rooms A&B
Office of Faculty & Organizational Development (F&OD) and The Graduate School

Writing Quality Multiple-Choice Items to Test More than Recall

Multiple-choice test items get a bad rap for testing only superficial recall. Further, when poorly written, the test-wise student can deduce or guess the answer, getting it right without actually knowing the information. Yet, many high stakes tests like the MCAT or GRE use multiple-choice items. So maybe the problem is not the question format, but rather appropriate use and proper construction. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to (1) construct a test blueprint for an examination, (2) write and critique multiple-choice test items that meet research-tested criteria of construction quality, and (3) use item-analysis data to make grading decisions and improve test items. Participants are invited to bring examples of their own test questions and item analyses to critique and improve.
Faciltiator: Kathy Doig, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Natural Science, MSU