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EXERCISES


1. What parts of a multiple choice “stem” (the question itself) are helpful to mark and why?

 

2. What advice does this episode give about how to mark answer choices to help you find the best one?

 

3. What is the difference between a definition and a relationship question? Create an example of each.

 

4. What common “test-wise” strategies have been proven to be effective, which are outright myths, and which, if you’re desperate, might sometimes be true?

 

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Bereby-Meyer, Yoella, Joachim Meyer, and Oded M. Flascher. 2002. “Prospect Theory Analysis in Multiple Choice Tests.” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 15:313-27.

 

Betts, Lucy R., et al. 2009. “Does Correction for Guessing Reduce Students’ Performance on Multiple-Choice Examinations? Yes? No? Sometimes?” Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 34(1):1-15.

 

Blackey, Robert. 2009. “So Many Choices, So Little Time: Strategies for Understanding and Taking Multiple-Choice Exams in History.” The History Teacher 43(1):53-66.

 

Dolly, John P., and Kathy S. Williams. 1986. “Using Test-Taking Strategies to Maximize Multiple-Choice Test Scores.” Educational and Psychological Measurement 46:619-25.

 

Farr, Roger, Robert Pritchard, and Brian Smitten. 1990. “A Description of What Happens When an Examinee Takes a Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Test.” Journal of Educational Measurement 27(3):209-26.

 

Kruger, Justin, Derrick Wirtz, and Dale T. Miller. 2005. “Counterfactual Thinking and the First Instinct Fallacy.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 88(5):725-35.

 

Mayfield, Linda Riggs. 2010. “Effects of Mayfield’s Four Questions (M4Q) on Nursing Students’ Self-Efficacy and Multiple-Choice Test Scores.” Ph.D. dissertation, Liberty University.

 

Orth, Judith A. 1995. “The Effect of Test Taking Strategies for Multiple Choice Tests.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

 

Parham, Sandra Ellen. 1996. “The Relationships Between Test-Taking Strategies and Cognitive Ability Test Performance.” Ph.D. dissertation, Bowling Green State University.

 

Smith, Jeffrey K. 1982. “Converging on Correct Answers: A Peculiarity of Multiple Choice Items.” Journal of Educational Measurement 19(3):211-20.

 

Stough, Laura M. 1993. “Research on Multiple-Choice Questions: Implications for Strategy Instruction.” Paper presented at the 71st Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX, April 5-9.

 

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