Everyone has taken a test consisting of one or more multiple-choice questions. So why is this test question so popular? And what are valuable tips for preparing good multiple-choice questions?
In both formative and summative tests, the multiple choice question is often used to clarify candidates’ knowledge and skills. In this closed-ended question type, the participant chooses one answer from a list of multiple answer options. Its design is as simple as it seems. Only one of the answer options is correct, and the other options are obviously not.
What is unique about the multiple choice question is that one answer is possible. This contrasts with the multiple select questions, where numerous answer options are possible!
Everyone has done a multiple-choice question before. A simple example is as follows.
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In the above example, you can give 1 point for the correct answer (A). The remaining answer options (B, C, and D) score 0 points.
Apart from the fact that candidates are generally familiar with this form of assessment, multiple-choice questions have several advantages. These advantages mainly relate to the testing organization.
Does this question type have only advantages? Unfortunately, not! Of course, there are also disadvantages to using multiple-choice questions. We list some of them here:
There are some guidelines you can keep in mind when drafting multiple-choice questions.
Are you looking for more general guidelines to streamline your digital testing process? Also, read our blog ‘how to create a good test‘!
There is a reason why multiple-choice questions are so popular. Its ability to randomize and its quick and efficient assessment make it a popular question type. When constructing a test, always choose the right question type. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us. Our test technology consultants will be happy to help you find the best possible assessment experience.
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