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Assessment Recommendations 



Questions must focus on objectives


Focus questions on what you most want people to know at the end of course. Avoid testing trivial topics.


Questions should assess knowledge or skill


Focus on content.

Write questions clearly with correct grammar and spelling. 

Consider the reading level.


Incorrect choices must be plausible


Good multiple choice questions have realistic incorrect answer choices. Avoid giveaway choices

Use Question Words


Begin question stems or phrases with a question word.


Correct: How often does a student need to attend to get a good grade?

Correct: If a student has a concern, what is the first step in addressing his/ her concern?

Incorrect: Select two (2) features of…

Objectives Drive Questions


A question should reflect the objective.


If an objective involves problem-solving, then test question should involve problem-solving.


For example, a problem-solving question might provide a scenario.

Avoid Negatives in Stem


Phrase the question stem in the positive.


Correct: A student has not been given correct information.  What  could you do to address the problem?


Incorrect: When writing good questions, which of the following is NOT important?

Use Scenarios to assess higher-order thinking

Ex- Correct:  Given the scenario shown, which solution represents the best method for preventing patient falls?

Limit number of answer choices

Use consistent number of answer choices.

Limit to 3 or 4.

Do not create questions in which all answers  are correct

Use plausible distracters

Distracters should not include give away answer

Distracters should be plausible

Identify common misconceptions or errors

Design Evaluation


Create test questions that align with your stated objectives and test the level of comprehension desired.

Multiple choice questions: test knowledge, comprehension, application, and analysis. They are limited because they can be less valid due to guessing and poor distracters

True/False questions: are easy to score and quick to complete for the learner. Because there is a 50% chance of selecting the correct answer, they are not as valid as other forms of assessment.

Short answer and matching questions: Save space and test information similar to multiple-choice, but may take longer to score.

Essays: Test higher level skills and give insight into learner’s understanding. Essays test only focus on a few concepts, and take longer to complete and score.

Writing Questions

Please write questions that correspond with each of your learning objectives. At least 10 questions will be pulled from a “test bank” to ensure each learner has a unique test. The more questions you write for the “test bank”, the greater the variety will be between tests and the more difficult it will be for users to cheat.