Writing Better Multiple Choice Questions

Event Type: 
Centre for Teaching and Learning (L233 second floor, Library)
Event Date: 
July 28, 2015
Event Time: 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

FacilitatorJim Sibley, Director of the Centre for Instructional Support at the Faculty of Applied Science at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Description: This seminar covers the fundamentals of writing multiple-choice questions and explores strategies to improve both their quality and effectiveness.

You will not only explore multiple-choice questions from an educator’s perspective, you will also get a glimpse into how a student responds to—and what a student expects from—multiple-choice question exams.

More specifically, learn how to:

  • Write better, more effective multiple-choice questions
  • Identify, analyze, and avoid common multiple-choice question pitfalls
  • Use Bloom’s taxonomy to more accurately target the cognitive level of multiple-choice questions
  • Apply item analysis to measure the effectiveness of multiple-choice questions

Learning Goals

After attending Writing Better Multiple-Choice Questions, you will know how to independently:

  • Create multiple-choice questions that effectively target different cognitive levels
  • Write multiple-choice questions that do not simply engage recognition processes—they actually trigger retrieval learning processes that are known to enhance later recall
  • Achieve “proper construction” of multiple-choice questions
  • Continually revise, revamp, and improve your multiple-choice questions