Multiple-Choice Tests: Not Answering, but Creating!

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We are all aware of such type of college or university assignments as multiple choice questions answering. Such type of control is widely used for various types of exams. However, the evaluation by students of such assignments is quite ambiguous. Some say, that such tests are easy, because if you do not know the answer, you can try your luck by guessing. Others, say that this is the worst assignment ever, because it may confuse a wise student by offering “close-to-correct” answers. In this article, we will discuss… no, not the ways how to guess answers effectively, but the way how to create such tests!

The thing is that sometimes teachers give such a vice versa assignment to make sure that the student understands the material of the course. Thus, you should know all the following points about it.

Two Sides of a Coin

Positive and Negative

No matter if you are about to pass such a test, or if you are going to create one, you should know its advantages and disadvantages.

Positive Side

So, what makes this type of control better than others?

  1. It is easily possible to check the level of knowledge in a large group of students within the limited time.
  2. A teacher or professor can check the knowledge and skills on the pre-planned level.
  3. The students are allowed to manage their time and sequence of answering the questions.
  4. This type of assignment is more objective, if to compare with other types.
  5. The attention of the student is focused on the sense of the answer, not on finding the ways how to formulate it.

Look perfect, does it? However, there is nothing perfect, and the negative sides are also present.

Negative Side

Just check on why testing may not be a good choice for the type of high school, college or university assignment.

  1. One always has a chance to guess the correct answer. So, the lucky ones have an advantage.
  2. It is possible to evaluate only the final result (correct/incorrect), but the process of solution is not taken into account.
  3. Standardization of thinking process, with no development of a personality taken into account.
  4. A lot of time spending on the creation of the tests, equally complex variants of texts for college, university or high school students to avoid cheating.
  5. Absence of development of speech skills.
  6. Sometimes they do not correspond to the aims of teaching.

Nevertheless, it is possible to cope with the negative sides by bettering the process of tests passing and clear determination of the aims the test need to achieve. Moreover, if to combine testing with other types of students’ control, it is possible to achieve fruitful results.

Characteristic Features of a Multiple-Choice Test

To cut a long story short, here are the main features of a properly done multiple-choice test for academic subjects:

  • Relative simplicity of the procedure.
  • Direct fixation of the results.
  • Well-adjustment for the mathematical processing of the results.
  • Short time of application.
  • Possibility of it to be used individually of for the group of students.

Functions of the Test

To pass a test responsibly it is necessary to understand it academic goals. It is crucial for creation of such test as well.

1.      Diagnostic

Such assignments do offer an option to check the level of knowledge and skills of students. It is possible to give a clear evaluation based on the results.

2.      Teaching

Tests stimulate the cognitive activity in students, motivate them to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to get the best possible results for tests.

3.      Educative

This function deals with educating students as human beings, teaching them how to discipline themselves, helping to detect the weak points in understanding the given college or university course materials, forming the interest to the subject or discipline, and making students eager to know more.

Now, knowing the necessary theoretical general information about multiple choice tests, it is time to proceed to understanding the details. So, are you curious about what are the demands to tests and what are the stages of their preparation? You are welcome to learn all this in our next article. So, check what is next!

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