This is one of my favorite videos on this subject. It initially briefs you about the general layout of MCQs then it discusses an interesting concept with examples. For example, it shows you how to set the step if you want to test a procedure, which is different from testing a principle etc. similarly, the way the question is set differs if you are testing recall, analysis skills or evaluation. All of which is discussed in the video.
This guide was written by one of the top Universities (University of Waterloo). It provides professional guidance to its educators about how to set and design MCQs. I found this very organized and helpful and it's definitely on my top resources list.
Perhaps it's time to use the power of technology and try making tests online. This tool helps you write the question stem, correct choice and the distractors. It helps you to shuffle the order easily, change options, add more options and much more with just a few clicks. It is very easy to use and if you are stuck, you can always contact the website support team and they will be at your assistance.
Because tests aren't only about measuring recall abilities, MCQs can be designed in a manner that allows you to test higher order thinking, challenges your students in a healthy way and improves their overall learning experience. If you want to find out how this article is a must-read. It discusses a very important concept with suitable examples.
A guide provided by the Duquesne University. I love how they used lots of examples to illustrate their comparison between poor, better and best aspects of setting multiple choice questions. The examples have been smartly picked and clearly convey the message they intend to send.
Earlier, I didn’t know that setting MCQs had rules (guidelines), so I did a little research and stumbled upon this magnificent article that explains this in a very engaging manner. This is very informative and enlightening if you are interested in stepping up your MCQ game.
During the early days of my career I thought I could easily set up MCQs, but often I would get complaints about confusing questions. It wasn’t until I read this article that I started to realize where I was going wrong and how could I improve my question setting, stem, choices and distractors.