These mistakes lead to frustration and unfair assessments. They supply bad or unusable data about whether test-takers gained needed knowledge and skills. In this session, we’ll look in depth at five common mistakes made by question writers, including mistakes that make guessing easier, which we don’t want to do! If you are going to take the time to design a test, let’s make people think…in a good way!
“Multiple-choice questions are hard to write well. Too many multiple-choice questions measure recall of course content rather than achievement of (well-written) learning objectives! Poorly chosen and written multiple-choice questions damage assessment validity.” – Patti Shank
Look forward to gaining practice and improving your multiple-choice question-writing skills.
During this LSN event, you will:
Based on Patti’s book: Write Better Multiple-Choice Questions to Assess Learning, we know that well-written multiple-choice questions can efficiently measure a wide range of important learning outcomes, not just recall of course content (contrary to inaccurate popular opinion). And well-written, higher-level multiple-choice assessments can be an effective proxy for higher levels of measurement. “Well-written” means our questions:
Measure the right things,
Don’t trick or frustrate test-takers, and
Are written so they are easy to understand and answer.
Patti Shank, PhD is an internationally known author, instructional designer, and evidence-based instructional practice facilitator. She loves helping workplace learning practitioners strengthen their skills, so instruction delivers needed results.
Want a deeper dive into writing effective test questions? You can sign up for her course here
Plus you will walk away with:
Simply by registering to attend you will receive:
A follow-up email with resources and extra goodies
Copy of the video recording
Copy of the chatbox transcription
Copy of the full session transcript