Characteristics of Good & Bad Multiple-Choice Questions


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Regarding multiple-choice questions, what is a 'distractor'?

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1. What is the technical name used for the question or statement in a multiple-choice question?

2. How many possible distractors should a multiple-choice question have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How are multiple-choice exams structured? What strategies should be used when taking these types of tests? You should have knowledge of these kinds of facts in order to successfully answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment is designed to measure your ability to:

  • Define the term 'distractor' in regards to multiple-choice tests
  • Identify the term used for the question/statement in a multiple-choice test
  • State how many distractors should be included in a multiple-choice question
  • Explain how the answers 'none of the above' or 'all of the above' be used
  • Choose a true statement regarding test-taking and test-taker assessment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as how test-taking and test-takers are assessed
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define 'distractor'
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the use of the 'none of the above' and 'all of the above' answers and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall access the knowledge you've gained regarding the number of distractors to be included in a multiple-choice question

Additional Learning

Choose the lesson titled Characteristics of Good & Bad Multiple-Choice Questions if you wish to learn more about this subject. You can review the following information in this lesson:

  • What happens when questions on this type of exam are not written clearly
  • Which characteristics are indicative of the best multiple-choice exams
  • What multiple-choice questions should avoid
  • A common bad practice in multiple-choice exams
  • Which terms should be avoided when creating multiple-choice questions