Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: How to write great multiple-choice questions

Multiple Choice is a highly effective form of assessment 

Multiple choice questions have the benefit of being able to be quickly graded and to provide analyzable data to educators and students. But a lot of non-educators think of multiple-choice questions as “multiple guess,” with no real benefit except expediency for the teacher. Most educators know this couldn’t be further from the truth! With the use of distractor answers and statistical analyses like the point-biserial correlation analysis provided in Quick Key’s Itemization Export. 

Writing great questions isn’t hard if you know a few key principles

I am on the hunt for an expert opinion on how to explain the many benefits of multiple-choice questions to parents and other  non-educators. But in the meantime, here is one of the best resources I have yet found about how to write great multiple-choice questions:

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching provides an excellent Guide to writing highly effective MC questions


by: Isaac D. Van Wesep


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Isaac D. Van Wesep is the CEO of Validated Learning Co.

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  1. […] It’s is fair to say that it takes time for teachers to develop their assessment building skills. Therefore, it’s important to get quality resources into the hands of teachers to aid them in their development. Especially relevant, are the following resources we have collected that offer a guideline for writing effective assessments. Specifically, assessments with MCQs that require critical thinking in alignment with the different levels of Blooms Taxonomy. In addition, research has shown low-stakes formative assessments like exit tickets, when created with effective MCQs, contribute to significant increases in student achievement. The powerful data that’s generated has a real-time impact on student academic performance. Hence,  we believe you will find value in the following resources listed here: Guide For Writing High-Quality Multiple Choice Questions. […]

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