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Introduction

Writing Good Test Questions
Select the best answer to the question.  Note that some questions present exhibits.  Exhibits are presented in italics.

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A multiple choice question must have at least four choices.

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In test questions, it is good practice to include implausible, nonsensical or humorous, incorrect choices.

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Starting a question with "Which of the following is not ..." is considered best practice.

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The choices of a multiple choice question should be comparable in length.

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The choices of a multiple choice question should be expressed using the same grammatical form.

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When writing test questions, include extraneous information in the stimulus to confuse or trick the candidate.

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To a subject matter expert, the correct answer to a good test question should be apparent.

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The use of "all of the above" as a choice in a multiple choice question is considered best practice.

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What term is commonly used to refer to a choice in a multiple choice question that is incorrect?

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Consider the test question presented below.

What is the current in a 10 ohm resistor that is connected to a 5 volt power supply?

a) .1 Amps
b) .5 Amps
c) 1 Amp
d) 5 Amps
e) 50 Amps

Select the level of cognition for which this question tests.

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Which version of the question is better according to best practice?

Version 1 Version 2
Wavelength is:

a) how light is measured
b) how sound is measured
c) the distance between repeating units of a wave pattern
d) the distance between the trough and the peak of a wave
e) the frequency of repeating wave patterns

What is the definition of wavelength?

a) how light is measured
b) how sound is measured
c) the distance between repeating units of a wave pattern
d) the distance between the trough and the peak of a wave
e) the frequency of repeating wave patterns