The advantage of these items is that they can be scored rapidly, providing quick feedback to students and enabling efficient ways to assess large numbers of students over broad content.
One drawback is that constructing good multiple choice items requires time for writing, review, and revision.
This book will be of interest to anyone who develops test items for large-scale assessments, as well as teachers and graduate students who desire the most comprehensive and authoritative information on the design and validation of multiple-choice test items.
This third edition provides a comprehensive treatment of the development of multiple-choice (MC) test items and the study of item responses for the improvement or continued use of these items.
Reliability is defined as the degree to which a test consistently measures a learning outcome.
This revised volume offers a discussion of writing effective multiple-choice test items and studying responses to items to evaluate and improve these items.
Important for graduate-level students and others interested in cognitive testing.
If you construct the items so that they can be easily shuffled, as on index cards or software with easy cut and paste, you can simply shuffle items around to build quizzes and tests later. Pressure of the blood as it flows in veins Multiple choice items addressing complex thinking skills are more difficult than those intended to survey factual knowledge.
An important consideration in constructing multiple choice items is to make them measure learning rather than test-taking skills of “test wise” students. However, the effort can be highly rewarded because of the valuable information these items can yield quickly about your student’s competencies, especially when distractors are skillfully designed to target key weaknesses in novice thinking.