Guidelines for Preparing Multiple Choice Questions

MCQs

1. Select the words to be tested.

2. Get the right kind of sentence (called the stem) to put each word in.

3. Choose several wrong words (called distractors) to put the right word with.

4. Finally prepare clear and simple instructions.

Distractors choice:

1. Make sure the distractors are the same form of the word tested.

2. Be sure you don’t give away the right answer through grammatical cues.

3. Multiple choice items should be about the same level of difficulty.

4. Be sure not to include more than one correct answer.

Identify the weakness in each of the following multiple choice question:

* Vocabulary choice:

1. Do you need some …………….. to write on.

a. paper

b. pen

c. table

d. material

2- The mouse ……………………. quickly away.

 a. little

b. very

c. baby

d. ran

3. I think he will be here in an …………………….

a. hour

b. soon

c. weekend

d. day after

4. They ………………….  me to get up right away.

a. asked

b. needed

c. wanted

d. told

* Grammar choice :

1. If I had a new coat, …………………………

 a. I’d show it to every one

 c. I’ve shown it to every one

 b. I showed it to every one

 d. I’ll show it to every one

2. They just bought …………………….. furniture.

a. several

b. a few

c. some

d. with

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