6 takeaways from a session with Brett Vaughan from Melbourne Uni on how to improve your MCQs:
- BLUEPRINT – map your learning outcomes, to your content, to your MCQs
- Focus one ONE concept per question with significant meaning and consequence
- Don’t use not, double negatives or all/none of the above
- The cover test. Can you answer the question if the answers are covered?
- Use consistent, plausible distractors which are the same length and format
- Do a post-test analysis. Actually do it.
There is so much more we could add, it’s probably best if you check out his presentation: Improve your MCQ presentation.
Also check out Brief Rules for MCQ questions.
Listen or watch the session recording here (the recording starts a few minutes in to the session):